Three Amani National Congress (ANC) party Dagorethi Constituency parliamentary candidates have sued the party top brass for illegally secretly conducting a repeat nominations election on Wednesday May 17th in total disregard of a High Court order.
The team led by the winner of the initial nominations elections held on April 4th Magero Gumo, Dickson Wandiri Babandege and Hardley Machayo filed the suit at the high court under certificate of urgency through their lawyer Tom Wachakana whose hearing is scheduled to start tomorrow 19th May 2017.
The trio is accusing the party’s top brass of deliberately informing of the pending repeat nominations exercise at a very short notice, but having informed one of the losers at the initial exercise Bernard Shilibwa in good time to prepare and participate.
The suit filed by Mr. Wachakana reads: “The persons in responsible positions at the party secretariat informed as through an email sent on Tuesday evening of May 16th that the repeat exercise was on the following day starting 6.30 AM, but we were reading that mail the following day at 8.00 AM when the exercise had already begun at six in the morning.”
The three aspirants who boycotted the exercise told the High Court the exercise was illegally executed in total disregard of the orders it had issued on Monday 15th May 2017 evening therefore holding the ANC to brass liable for contempt of court proceedings and punishment.
They also expressed fears that Shilibwa the loser in the initial exercise may have been awarded the ANC nomination certificate illegally and his name forwarded to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and therefore sought court orders to stop such a move.
The suit papers were served to the party’s National Secretary General Godfrey Osotsi, Chief Executive Roselyne Were and its chairman Kelvin Lunani who were ordered to appear in the High Court tomorrow 19th.
Magero Gumo emerged the winner with 9, 800 votes, but denied the party’s nomination certificate. Shilibwa came a distant third garnering 3800 votes with Babandege Wandiri coming second with 7, 900 while Hardly Machayo came fourth with 1800 votes.
Earlier leaders from Western province had threatened to give the Luhya spokesman Musalia Mudavadi and his Amani National Congress (ANC) party a very hard time because he has failed to consolidate their unity.