End of the road for former Raila aide Caroli Omondi
Hopes of having his name in the ballot paper in the August 8 polls are fast fading to a former aide of Raila Odinga.
The former aide- Caroli Omondi- moved to the High Court on Monday seeking to force Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) include his name in the list of parliamentary aspirants.
Omondi unsuccessfully contested the Suba South constituency in Homa Bay County. He lost the ODM primaries to the party chairman John Mbadi but the Political Parties Tribunal ordered a repeat of the exercise in seven polling stations. Omondi was not happy with the move as he considered the stations Mbadi’s stronghold.
He later filed an appeal and asked the court order the electoral body to include his name in the list of independent candidates, after failing to beat the deadline.
On Monday, Justice John Mativo dismissed Omondi’s petition saying it did not disclose any cause of action. “The upshot is that this suit lacks merit and I hereby dismiss it,” the judge said on Monday.
The judge also declined to issue any orders against ODM saying it was not a party in the suit.
At the same time, the tribunal has stopped Jubilee Party from forwarding Mwangi wa Iria’s name to IEBC as Murang’a governor nominee. His rival, Jamleck Kamau and four others moved to the tribunal and challenged the results. Kamau, who is also Kigumo MP, says the primaries were marred by irregularities.
The Tribunal also restrained Jubilee from submitting Gilgil MP aspirant Martha Wangari’s name, after rival, Samuel Mathenge, challenged the outcome.