Court Declares Gatundu North MP Wanjiku’s Seat Vacant

The High Court has stripped Gatundu North Member of Parliament Anne Wanjiku of her seat declaring it vacant. 

In a ruling on Wednesday, October 7, Justice Weldon Korir indicated that Anne Wanjiku’s election was in violation of the law. 

Justice Korir said that at the time of her election in 2017, she was still a Member of County Assembly of Kiambu. 

The court ordered that the Independent Election and Boundaries Committee (IEBC) to conduct fresh elections for the position within 90 days. 

Korir also directed the Deputy Registrar to forward the ruling to the Speaker of the National Assembly for appropriate action. 

Gatundu North MP Anne Wanjiku together with KFCB boss Ezzekiel Mutua. Photo/Courtesy

The Court of Appeal had in June this year ordered a fresh hearing of the petition challenging the MP’s qualifications that saw her contest for the Gatundu North seat. 

The appellate judges argued that the high court was to only handle the interpretation of the Constitution in the petition and not validity of the MP’s election. 

“It, therefore, follows that the question whether a seat has become vacant falls squarely within the mandate of the High Court and this question with respect to the MP of Gatundu North Constituency is yet to be determined by a competent court,” the appellate judges ruled. 

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