By Anne Chebet
Kabuchai MP James Mukwe Lusweti can now has a sigh of relief after the Supreme Court sitting in Nairobi upheld his election
Lusweti’s election had been challenged by his closest rival, an independent candidate, Edward Nabangi Tale, on the grounds that the election of the lawmaker was marred by massive irregularities.
Supreme Judges led by Njoki Ndung’u and Ibrahim Mohamed on Wednesday upheld the election, saying that Lusweti was validly elected and that he will serve his term to the end.
The Court of Appeal on July 26, 2018 last year overruled the decision of the high court that had upheld his election and ordered IEBC to conduct fresh elections.
Justices Hannah Okwengu and Jamillah Mohammed noted that the high court erred in law when they upheld his victory when there were clear grounds that his victory had been marred by malpractices.
The Ford Kenya lawmaker moved to the Supreme Court to contest the ruling by the appellate court that had annulled his election.
Lusweti is serving his second term and in the last polls, he garnered 18, 485 votes against his closet rival Nabangi Tale who got 18, 062 votes.
He promised to focus on developing his constituency and asked the petitioner to support him in working for the electorate.
Ford Kenya party leader and Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula thanked the Supreme Court judges for upholding the victory of the lawmaker.
The same court validated the election of Embu and Nyamira governors Martin Wambora and John Nyang’arama respectively.