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Hot air! Martha Karua’s savage response to Supreme Court recommendations to IEBC

By Wangu Kanuri September 27th, 2022 2 min read

Azimio la Umoja’s presidential running mate Martha Karua has termed the recommendations that the Supreme Court gave to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as “hot air”.

Karua trashed the guidance the apex court had given the electoral commission on how it would solve future elections shortcomings.

The advice was in view of the full judgement of the Presidential Election petition filed by Azimio flag bearer Raila Odinga and Karua.

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During the hearing of petitions, Mr Odinga through his lawyer Julie Soweto argued that Forms 34A on the IEBC server were tampered with by deported Venezuelan national Jose Camargo.

According to Ms Soweto, the form that bore Camargo’s name belonged to the Gacharagu Primary School polling station in Muguru ward in Murang’a County.

She argued that his name is evidence enough that he was allegedly responsible for interfering with the forms and manipulating votes which were being uploaded on the IEBC portal.

“At the top-hand left corner there, we have the name of one the Venezuelans Jose Camargo. This is the person who decided the President-elect of the country,” she said.

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However, CJ Koome when rendering the verdict of the petitions presented, labelled the claims ‘no more than hot air’ singling out lawyer Soweto’s.

Karua still feels that the verdict was unfairly orchestrated although she had earlier said she respected it (verdict).

“The court has spoken. I respect but disagree with the findings.”

Mr Odinga on the other hand insists that Camargo manipulated the election results denying them victory.

“It is sad how people of this country woke up to vote but one man by the name Jose Camargo from Venezuela comes to dictate who becomes the President of this country.”

Additionally, Mr Odinga holds that once they get the full detailed judgement he and Azimio’s coalition members will give a direction.

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