Lenku maintains he won Kajiado elections fairly
Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku has maintained that he won the August 2022 elections fairly saying the will of the people prevailed.
Speaking when he appeared at the Kajiado law courts to testify on the case in which the petitioner challenged his reflection, Lenku testified that he did not engage in any election malpractice.
Appearing before Lady Justice Janet Mulwa Lenku said that the case challenging his win lacks merit.
The matter was presented in court by Nchogu, Omwayanza & Nyasami Advocates Company acting on behalf of Katoo Ole Metito and his running mate in the August election, Pere Judy Naiyeyo.
The case (HCCHREP/E001/2022) was filed through e-filing to the High Court Constitution and Human Rights Election Petition.
The petitioners want the interlocutory stage, an order of scrutiny, recount and audit of election materials at the various polling stations and tallying centres to be carried out.
They also pray for the court to invalidate the return of the third (Lenku) and fourth (Moshisho) respondents as Kajiado governor and deputy governor.
Since the appointment of Katoo Ole Metito as statehouse comptroller, the petitioner was substituted allowing the case to go on without Katoo as the petitioner.
"It was our turn at the Kajiado Election Petition Court to prove that we won the August 9 election fair and square. I had the opportunity to demonstrate before the court that Kajiado residents expressed their will and exercised their democratic right to vote for leaders they desired. The allegations by the substituted petitioner are a fishing expedition that lacks any iota of evidence that they lost the election unfairly. It is all clear from the submissions that we shall triumph," Lenku posted on his official Facebook page shortly after leaving the court.
In the August polls, Lenku garnered 117,600 votes, Metito (UDA) came a close second with 111,725 votes, with former governor David Nkedianye (Jubilee) garnered 75,337 votes. Ambrose Kago (Independent) got 2,661 votes.
In his tour at Rombo Loitoktok recently, deputy president Rigathi Gachagua strongly upheld Lenku's win saying his government is ready to work with elected leaders despite varying political affiliations.
The case ruling is scheduled for December 29, 2022, with the last submissions slated to be presented on December 14.