4 January 2013

Kenya: Court Dismisses Mary Wambui Integrity Case

The High Court has today thrown out a suit that sought to block businesswoman Mary Wambui from contesting the Othaya parliamentary seat in the forthcoming March 4 polls.

The suit filed by four voters Michael Nderitu, Silvester Muriithi, Daniel Karinga and Kiambati Kihumba argued that Wambui's integrity is questionable since she was adversely mentioned to have been involved in the funding of the 2008 post-election violence.

She is accused of financing the purchase of firearms from Ethiopia that were used to perpetrate the violence. Additionally the four applicants stated that Wambui never went to secondary school and thus sought to have her barred from running on grounds that she does not meet the necessary academic qualifications.

In his ruling, Justice David Majanja said that the court has no jurisdiction in the case and that the issue of moral character and integrity are to be determined by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and TNA.

Following the ruling, Wambui is free to run for the seat should she be nominated by the TNA primaries that have been scheduled for January 17.

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