The Supreme Court dismissed former Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria’s petition against Azimio La Umoja’s Raila Odinga.
Kuria and former Mbeere South MP Geoffrey King’ang’i had asked the court to dismiss Raila’s petition, claiming that he had committed electoral fraud.
According to the ruling obtained by Citizen.Digital, Kuria’s petition was not within the court’s jurisdiction because it did not seek to challenge William Ruto’s declaration as president-elect or named Ruto as a party to the petition.
“Indeed, Hon. William Ruto, is not even named as a party to the petition and the remedies sought are alien to those contemplated in the Constitution and in law, whether the election of the President- elect is valid,” the ruling reads in part.
“In view of the foregoing, the petitioners are therefore entitled to a refund of Kshs. 1,000,000/- deposited as security for costs paid upon lodging of the petition,”
On Monday, Raila Odinga’s coalition argued that the Supreme Court lacked jurisdiction to hear Kuria’s petition.
“Jurisdiction of the Supreme court in a Presidential Election is confined to determination of the dispute on the validity of a Presidential Election,”reads court papers.
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