Homabay Governor Cyprian Awiti must be walking on air after the Supreme Court upheld his election win in the August 2017 General Elections.
Awiti’s win was upheld after the High Court and the Court of Appeal nullified his elections in previous rulings following his opponent, Independent Candidate Oyugi Magwanja’s claims that he had rigged his way into winning.
The High Court and the Court of Appeal had nullified Awiti’s election based on evidence that proved massive irregularities and illegalities. In 2018, the High Court heard that there were two separate election results generated by the IEBC.
Justice Jackton B. Ojwang’ when delivering the verdict on behalf of other Judges of the Supreme Court faulted the lower Courts for ignoring the scrutiny reports out before them.
Speaking after the verdict, Awiti’s Lawyer who included James Orengo and Raarieda MP Otiende Omollo welcomed the court’s decision and extended a friendly hand to Oyugi Magwanja asking him to jump ship and work together with the Governor.
Oyugi’s Lawyer Charles Kanjama stated that his client would respect the rule of law and the court’s decision to uphold Awiti’s election.
The ODM Party also welcomed the ruling terming it as a landmark and asking for alms to allow the governor to deliver his mandate to the people.
“We congratulate H.E Cyprian Awiti, the Governor of the Great county of Homabay on the landmark decision by the Supreme Court to uphold his election of August 8th 2017. The ruling is a victory for the governor and the people of HBC and he can now settle down & deliver on his election promise.” The Party tweeted.
Governor Awiti’s supporters ran to the streets of Homabay County to celebrate the ruling with many hailing the Supreme Court’s decision.
The Court further ordered that Oyugi Magwanja pays for both his legal fees and those incurred by Governor Awiti.
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