Controversial attorney Julie Soweto, who was one of the attorneys who defended Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga in the supreme Court petition regarding the presidential election, is now assisting former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in his effort to thwart Gladys Wanga's victory in the Homa Bay governor's race.
The alleged exploitation of Raila's name to sway voters' opinions is one of the arguments Mrs. Soweto is making against Wanga's victory. Soweto claims that Mrs. Wanga forced people to vote for her by using Raila's name.
"The question here is whether Mr Odinga's name was used to influence the voting. Yes, it is true that the minds of voters were intoxicated using the name," Soweto told the court.
A declaration by Mr. Okinyi Rao, authored by Soweto and her legal team, describes how Raila is claimed to have affected each local election in the area.
In her reaction, Wanga defended herself, saying that because Raila is the leader of her party, she was unable to resist invoking his name. Raila's name should not be mentioned in Kidero's attorney's arguments, according to Wanga, as doing so would require Raila to appear in court.
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