The Judiciary is staring at numerous court cases arising from the August 8th General Elections, as losers plan to challenge their lose on the corridors of justice.
At least 11 governor candidates have indicated they will be moving to the court to contest their rivals’ win and try save themselves from staying in political darkness in the next five years.
Many of them have cited irregularities during the voting and tallying of votes as reasons why the lost to opponents.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), who lost to Jubilee's Mike Sonko, Meru governor Peter Munya of Party of National Unity (PNU), who lost to Jubilees Kiraitu Murungi, Taita Taveta’s John Mruttu (ODM), who suffered defeat in the hands of Wiper’s Granton Samboja and Kajiado’s David Nkedianye (ODM) who lost to Jubilee' Joseph ole Lenku have expressed their dissatisfaction with the elections outcome and have vowed to contest before a Judge.
Others are Nyamira Jubilee party candidate Walter Nyambati who was defeated by incumbent John Nyagarama (ODM) and Turkana Senator John Munyes of Jubilee, who was trounced by incumbent Josphat Nanok (ODM), Kisii Senator Chris Obure (Jubilee), who was edged out by incumbent James Ongwae (ODM), and Kakai Bisau (Jubilee) who was trounced by Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba of Ford Kenya and Embu Maendeleo Chap Chap governor candidate Lenny Kivuti who narrowly lost to incumbent Martin Wambora of Jubilee will also challenge the results in court.
“Ballot papers for Runyenjes have been tampered with. Some boxes had water,” Lenny Kivuti said. Machakos Wiper candidate Wavinya Ndeti, who lost to incumbent Alfred Mutua of Maendeleo Chap Chap and former Ambassador to Tanzania Chirau Mwakwere (Wiper), trounced by Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya of Jubilee are also likely to try to discredit their rival's victories in the corridors of justice.
Chief Justice David Maraga said the Judiciary was ready to handle election petitions and urged candidates dissatisfied with results to file petitions in court. “I will, if necessary, allow our judicial officers to work outside the official hours — into the night and through weekends — to ensure we keep to the constitutional timelines without compromising on the quality of rulings,” Maraga said.