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I won the election fairly, Lenku tells the election petition court

Governor Joseh Lenku at Kajiado election petition court today Tuesday December 6.
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Governor Joseph Lenku on Tuesday told an election petition court in Kajiado he beat Katoo Metito fair and square in the August 9 gubernatorial race.

Lenku said his win was “incontestable” as the electoral process managed by the IEBC was “transparent, free, fair and verifiable”.

The governor told Justice Janet Mulwa at the Kajiado High Court that he had a functional tallying centre, whose results were streamed in real-time from the polling stations by his agents and that there were no anomalies.

“I polled 117,600 votes against Mr Metito 111,725 to emerge victorious,” said Lenku.

The governor said a sample of polling stations produced in court from all the constituencies showed that party agents had signed all the results announced by the IEBC.

In cross-examination by IEBC lawyer, Peter Wanyama, Lenku said his tallying centre did not receive any case of voter bribery or harassment of agents by anybody. 

Lenku also said he went to the tallying centre in Kajiado immediately after casting his vote. 

“I did not visit any polling station to monitor how the voting was going on. I had a team that was monitoring the process at every polling station,” said Lenku.

He appeared in person at the election petition court to face the lawyers for the IEBC and the petitioners in cross-examination.

The governor, however, admitted that Metito of UDA defeated him in Kajiado North and Kajiado South but that his competitor recovered the loss with a big margin in Kajiado Central, East and West constituencies.

He further submitted that his presidential candidate in the Azimio La Umoja coalition, Raila Odinga won the presidential vote in the county, even as UDA bagged the senatorial and woman representative seats.

Lenku was responding to questions by lawyers representing the IEBC and the petitioner, Paul Kerempu.

Kerempu replaced Metito as the petitioner after the latter was appointed state house comptroller by President William Ruto.

Justice Mulwa said she was ready to conclude with the petition by December 27 but the lawyers agreed to push the judgement to January.

Governor Joseph Lenku at Kajiado election petition court on Tuesday.
Governor Joseph Lenku at Kajiado election petition court on Tuesday.

 

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