Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang'ula risks a jail term after allegedly failing to pay Sh3.8 million election petition costs to Musikari Kombo, his rival in the 2013 Bungoma senatorial election.
The High Court in Bungoma has ordered the Bungoma Seantor to appear before it on May 10, 2017.
Following the invalidation of Wetangula’s election as the Bungoma senator in September, 2013 by Justice Francvis Gikonyo, the senator as ordered to pay the petitioner, an order he was yet to fulfill. Wetangula contested and won the subsequent by-election.
On March 14, 2014, Appellate judges David Maraga, Festus Azangalala and Jamilla Mohamed made a ruling disqualifying Wetangula from the electoral race citing electoral malpractices.
The Supreme Court, presided over by former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, would then hand Wetang’ula a political lifeline on March 17, 2016, after quashing the decision made by the Court of Appeal.