Baringo Speaker trashes IDPs’ petition seeking to bar him from politics
Baringo County Assembly Speaker Mr. William Kamket has trashed a petition to bar him from contesting for the Tiaty Member of Parliament seat saying it lacked merit.
In his response through his lawyer Kipkoech Ngetich at Kabarnet High Court yesterday, Kamket asked the court to dismiss the petition that also seeks to bar the current Tiaty MP Mr. Asman Kamama over insecurity in Baringo County.
“The petition is frivolous, mischievous, lacking in merit, incompetent, based on falsehood, in bad faith and ought to be dismissed,” read the response.
The first respondent in the petition also says the petition is based on pure allegations and has no proof at all.
Mr. Kamket also said the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear and determine the matter since it was not an election court.
He said issues raised such as integrity and barring of respondents from participating in elections was not properly addressed before the court since they can only be handled by the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) respectively.
Kabarnet High Court Judge Mr. Edward Murithi noted that the matter needed urgency before party nominations since the two respondents have expressed interest to vie for political seats and slated the preliminary objection case for 18th of April.
He asked the petitioner to serve first respondent Asman Kamama with the petition saying he had not been issued with the petition papers within 7 days while the third respondent, the Attorney General, has been served but he is yet to be represented in court.
The petition case was filed on 23rd March by 10 petitioners who are internally displaced persons at Kabarnet high court contending that the outcomes of the utterances of two politicians from Tiaty Constituency in Baringo County instigated violence in various parts of Baringo North and South leading to members of Tugen, Illchamus and Endorois community to be forcefully evicted from their homes, or killed and their properties destroyed and stolen.
The petitioners have accused members of the Pokot community of continued looting, demolishing and burning houses of the members of Tugen community.
They also alleged that Kamama and Kamket are the ones who have been giving the attackers orders to carry out banditry attacks.
They also alleged that the State did not act in a timely manner thus contravening the right to life, freedom of movement, right to own property and right to liberty.