Jubilee candidate Kariri Njama has vowed to challenge the election of John Njuguna of UDA as the Member of Parliament elected in the just concluded Kiambaa parliamentary by-election.
Speaking to journalists in Gachie on Friday, July 16, Njama who was accompanied by a section of Jubilee lawmakers and thousands of his supporters said he will contest the outcome in court.
“We have refused the announcement of John Njuguna as the MP-elect for Kiambaa Constituency and our lawyer has started the process of suspending his swearing-in,
“We have all the evidence that the election was marred by irregularities and I will never get tired of fighting for your rights,” Kariri Njama told his supporters.
The Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared John Wanjiku of UDA the winner after he garnered 21, 773 against Kariri Njama who came in second with 21, 263 votes.
Although there were eight aspirants, the contest which was held on Thursday, July 15, narrowed down to a two-horse race pitying Jubilee’s Kariri Njama and UDA’s John Njuguna.
On Friday morning, Jubilee supporters clashed with police and election officials in Kiambaa with less than 3 polling stations to go at a time when UDA candidate was in a narrow lead.
This forced a temporary suspension of vote-counting after Kariri Njama and his supporters alleged vote-rigging in favor of UDA candidate Njuguna Wanjiku.
On the polling day, the voting process at one of the polling centers in Kiambaa was brought to a standstill after rowdy youths stormed the center and ejected the National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya from the location.
Kimunya who is also the Kipipiri MP was at the polling station as the Jubilee party agent where Njama claims that UDA had conspired to eject him so that they can rig the election in favor of their candidate.