Evans Kidero, a former governor of Nairobi, was dealt a severe blow on Saturday after a previous decision about the review of votes in the ongoing lawsuit against Gladys Wanga, the governor of Homa Bay, was reversed.
The case's presiding judge, Justice Roselyne Aburili, has revisited an earlier decision in which she had approved the inspection of ballots at 400 polling places and has decided that the process will now only be undertaken at 197 sampled polling places.
The impacted stations were chosen at random from seven county constituencies.
The legal team for Governor Wanga, represented by Charles Kanjama, had vehemently objected to the investigation that Kidero's defense team had called for.
The action was taken while eight of Kidero's witnesses testified in a lawsuit where the former governor of Nairobi is attempting to have the election of Governor Wanga thrown out.
According to the election results, Dr. Kidero, an independent candidate, received 154,182 votes, while Wanga of the ODM party received 244,559.
One of Dr. Kidero's witnesses, Dan Ojijo, previously testified in court against his employer, claiming that the election was not free and fair at the specific polling place, Ongeti Primary School, in the Kochia ward.
In the action Kidero filed challenging the election of Gladys Wanga as governor of Homa Bay, Ojijo was the first witness to testify before Justice Roselyne Aburili in Homa Bay High Court on Thursday.
Ojijo alleged that boisterous youngsters coerced him into changing the election results so that Governor Wanga would be declared the victor at the Ongeti polling place.
He did not, however, provide an explanation for why he did not notify his superiors or even the police who were stationed at the voting place right away.
Since there was an affidavit he had signed showing that the vote counting was carried out peacefully, Kanjama questioned the witness, claiming that he was contradicting himself in the testimony.
"Even though you previously claimed in your affidavit that the vote-counting process was peaceful, you now claim that there was violence and that you were threatened with a gun. Do you intend to deceive this court? Kanjama enquired.
By citing a tweet from his client, who denied having a Twitter account, the attorney implied that Ojijo harbored personal animosity toward his client.
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