The Star (Nairobi)

30 January 2013

Kenya: PM Raila, Kalonzo and Mudavadi Off the Hook

Prime Minister Raila Odinga, his deputy Musalia Mudavadi and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka have for the second time escaped the scrutiny of the Court.

This is after their names were yesterday struck out of a petition challenging their eligibility to run for the presidency and running mate respectively in March 4 General Election.

The three were let off after Charles Ndungu Mwangi, an activist who dragged them to court questioning their integrity failed to serve them with the suit papers as earlier directed by a judge, prompting the High Court to strike their names out of the suit.

Justice David Majanja had last Thursday warned that any party not served with the petition papers be struck of the record.

When parties appeared before court yesterday for a mention, it emerge that the names of Raila, Musyoka and Mudavadi were not listed as respondents in the cases to be determined. Ndungu had recently told court that he was unable serve Raila, Kalonzo and Mudavadi with the papers the normal way.

Through lawyer Ambrose Weda, he had applied to be allowed to serve them with the petition through the media but justice Majanja had directed him to make a formal application. He did not file a formal application.

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