Two Court of Appeal Judges have withdrawn themselves from a petition filed by Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua against Kirinyaga Governor Martha Karua.
The two judges, Justice Fatuma Sichale and Sankale Ole Kantai have withdrawn for saying they have close ties with Martha Karua.
Martha Karua moved to the Court of Appeal after the High Court upheld Governor Anne Waiguru’s election on June 14th for lack of merit.
Justice Sichale spoke to the presiding judge William Ouko saying that they are friend with Martha Karua since their time at the Federation of Women Lawyers.
On the other hand Justice Kantai said that the two have been good friend since the time when Martha Karua was practicing advocate to when she was the minister for justice and constitutional affairs under the coalition government.
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The two Court of appeal judges said that their relationship could create biasness during the hearing. In November 2017 Martha Karua’s petition was dismissed for on grounds that Martha Karua had omitted mandatory information including the dates as declared by the IEBC.
On her part Martha Karua cited bribery, tempering of ballot boxes and blocking of her agents in the polling stations.
In June 14th, the judge affirmed Governor Waiguru’s election terming it as free and fair.
“The results declared by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) reflect the sovereign will of Kirinyaga people,” judge Gitari ruled.