Ngirici withdraws case against Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru
Former Kirinyaga Women Representative and gubernatorial candidate Purity Ngirici has withdrawn her election petition against the election of Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru.
High Court Judge Richard Mwongo has given the petitioner seven days to formally withdraw.
Ngirici’s attorney Brian Khaemba informed the court during a pretrial hearing presided over by High court Judge Richard Mwongo that he had received instructions from her client to withdraw the petition while en route to Kerugoya.
As a way of expressing his interest in the case and in response to Justice Mwongo’s statement about how the two knew one another, Khaemba was given the opportunity to address the court.
Justice Mwongo has given the petitioner seven days to formally request permission to drop the lawsuit after learning of the petitioner’s intention to do so, during which time the respondents must also file their reply.
Attorney and Governor Anne Waiguru’s husband, Kamotho Waiganjo, applauded the decision, saying it will allow the county administration more time and room to fulfill its commitments.
Ngirici filed a petition challenging Waiguru’s victory saying she had evidence that the outcome of the poll was manipulated.
Waiguru won the August 9 Kirinyaga gubernatorial election with 113,088 votes, followed by Ngirici with 105,667 votes, and Charles Kiburi in a distant third place with 22,065 votes.
The case will be mentioned again on October 24.