By Judith Gicobi
Tim Wanyonyi’s nomination as the Orange Democratic Movement’s (ODM) parliamentary candidate for the Westlands constituency has been overturned by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal.
In addition, the tribunal ordered the party to hold new nominations within 72 hours.
The verdict came after Michael Magero Gumo filed a lawsuit against ODM for granting the incumbent legislator a nomination certificate despite the fact that he did not participate in the primaries.
“We hereby allow the application filed by the petitioner on this matter, consequently we hereby nullify the nomination certificate issued to Tim Wanyonyi and order the ODM party to conduct a fresh nomination exercise for the Westlands MP within 72 hours,” the Tribunal ruled.
Wanyonyi did not participate in the nomination process, but was pronounced the winner by the party, according to Michael Magero Gumo, the son of veteran politician Fred Gumo.
Magero received 1,661 votes in the party primaries, according to lawyer Duncan Okatch, with former City Clerk Phillip Kisia receiving 627 votes.
Okatch went on to say that his client spent millions of shillings to rally support for his parliamentary campaign and, as a result, should be given the party’s ticket.
The petitioner filed a lawsuit against ODM’s National Elections Board (NEB) to prevent the party from submitting Wanyonyi’s name to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
ODM announced in its statement that the NEB will convene and discuss before making a decision.