In Summary
  • The two politicians say they had been promised the positions but their names were omitted from the nomination list.

Two politicians from Mandera County have said they will appeal against a magistrate court’s ruling that upheld party nominations of two MCAs.

Mr Hafid Maalim Ibrahim and Mr Mohamed Ali Bashir filed a petition against the Economic Freedom Party (EFP) for nominating Ms Halima Billow Omar and Mr Issack Dahir.

PETITION

In a consolidated petition before the Mandera Magistrate’s Court, Mr Ibrahim wanted the nomination of Ms Omar nullified while Mr Bashir sought the nullification of Mr Dahir’s nomination.

In a ruling delivered on Tuesday, Mandera Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Areri said the two petitioners did not prove allegations of breach of political party nomination rules.

“The petitioners have also not proved allegations of breach of the law or the Constitution of Kenya, as contained in their petitions, against any of the respondents,” he said.

The court also reported to have found out that both Mr Isaack Dahir and Ms Halima Billow Omar were nominated by EFP as MCAs according to the law and the Constitution.

The magistrate concluded that the consolidated petition was frivolous, vexatious, scandalous and an abuse of the court process.

“This court has no jurisdiction to entertain the petition and the same ought to have been struck out at initio,” said Mr Areri.

PROMISE

Mr Ibrahim told the press in a Nairobi hotel on Thursday that he is dissatisfied with the ruling.

“That ruling in Mandera denies us justice but we shall appeal so that justice can be served,” he said.

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