On Wednesday, August 8, Speaker Justin Muturi swore in UDA’s winner in the Kiambaa by-election John Njuguna in an event that saw MPs dancing and celebrating in Parliament.
The UDA wore black and yellow to mark the special moment for their party. Lawmakers allied to the party broke out in song and dance after the Speaker swore in Njuguna.
The Speaker urged the Members of parliament allied to UDA to calm down but they could not contain themselves over their win. They sang songs praising DP William Ruto as well as Njuguna for clinching the win for them.
Njuguna who was elected on a UDA Party ticket replaces the late MP Paul Koinange who passed on, in March 2021.
But his swearing-in comes amid a petition that was filed by a voter to challenge the Njuguna’s victory in the recently concluded Kiambaa by-election.
George Thata Ndia, in court documents, stated that the by-election was marred with electoral malpractices and irregularities.
He also argued that Njuguna did not win in a fair contest Thata accused the returning officer of colluding with unnamed people to steal the win from the Jubilee Party candidate, Kariri Njama.
The petition seen by kenyagist.com, stated that forms 34As were not countersigned. That alleged there were distortions and discrepancies on forms 35A and 35B.
He accused the returning officer of using his personal mobile phone to recruit presiding officers and deputy returning officers.
The petitioner further alleged the plan to rig out Njama was well planned claiming that some presiding officers were illegally transferred from their stations.
“Massive electoral malpractices and irregularities in specific polling stations substantially affected the outcome of the impugned Kiambaa parliamentary by-election that led to Kariri Njama being rigged out in favour of the 3rd respondent,” read part of the petition.