Two senators lose seats over nomination
Senators Harold Kipchumba and Linet Kemunto, who are both disabled and were nominated by their parties to represent people with disabilities, were kicked out by Lady Justice Rose Ougo, who ruled that they were not validly nominated. Two nominated senators Thursday became the first lawmakers of the Upper House to lose their seats through a court petition. Ms Kemunto is blind and was nominated by the National Alliance (TNA) while Mr Kipchumba is physically disabled and was nominated by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).
It was wrong for IEBC to strike a balance; their role was to provide a framework in the process by accepting party lists and not substituting the names,” she said. The judgment was, however, a sharp contradiction of a verdict she delivered in a similar dispute in which she upheld the nomination of Senator Naisula Lesuuda.
She also contradicted herself by ruling that Mr Kipchumba and Ms Kemunto were validly nominated by their parties after complying with all requirements only to go ahead and nullify the nominations. “I appreciate that both applied for nominations and any questions about their eligibility would have been raised before the elections.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily NationSimilar Stories