Court declines to delay Sonko election petition over threats

An election petition challenging Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko’s win took a new twist yesterday after the two petitioners claimed to have received threatening messages.

The petitioners, Japheth Muroko and Zacheus Okoth were to testify yesterday, but did not show up in court with their lawyer Anthony Oluoch saying Muroko was held up at Kilimani Police Station recording statement.

“The petitioner Japheth Muroko and his family received threats on their mobile phones on Saturday, we ask the court to order for his security within and outside the court,” said the Mathare MP and the petitioners lawyer.

Oluoch requested the court to adjourn the matter to allow the petitioner record statements with the police but the application was opposed by Sonko’s lawyers Harrison Kinyanjui and Cecil Miller.

The two lawyers dismissed claims of threats to Muroko, claiming that they were unsubstantiated and were meant to derail proceedings. The lawyers wondered why the other petitioner Zacheus Okoth was not in court yet he did not receive any threats. “There is lack of credible evidence against which these threats have been made.

The petitioner must give court an identifiable cellphone number,” Justice Mbogholi heard. He also stated that his client is also interested in knowing who issued the alleged threats and why.

The Judge directed the two petitioners to avail themselves yesterday in the afternoon. However, their lawyers returned later and told court Muroko was still held up at the police station.

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