Homabay County Governor Hon. Gladys Wanga have dismissed the claims that Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga influenced her win against former Nairobi Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero.
The major issue that ties ODM leader to the case is due to allegations that his name was used to influence voters. According to Julie Soweto, Raila Odinga's name intoxicated in the mind of the voters.
The question here is whether Mr Odinga’s name was used to influence voting. Yes, it’s true the minds of voters were ‘intoxicated’ using the name,” Ms Soweto said.
In his petition, the former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, claims that Mr Odinga influenced the way votes were cast in the county. He claims voters were “forced” to elect certain candidates.
On Friday last week, the court held it's preliminary hearing before the High court. Judge Roseline Aburili and lawyers representing the Ms. Wanga and Dr. Kidero argued on whether the petition should be amended.
However, according Wanga's lawyers, they are demanding for the removal of sections mentioning Raila's name from the Petition while Dr. Kidero's lawyers wants the Petition to remain unchanged.
Governor Wanga on her side has maintained that such allegations of putting Raila in the case is only meant to prolong the case. The hearing process is set to begin on 24th. November and is expected to end in March 2023.
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