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Kenya: Lawyer Kethi Kilonzo knocked out of contesting for Senate seat – accused of fraudulently obtaining registration slip as a voter

Posted by African Press International on July 19, 2013

High Court in Kenya has determined: Lawyer Kethi Kilonzo should not be allowed to vie for the Senate seat , Makueni county.

Sad news for lawyer Kethi Kilonzo who wanted to succeed her father the late Mutula Kilonzo as the Senator for Makueni County. Her father died a few months ago, opening for a by-election in the county.

Kethi had told the court that she had registered as a voter but that she could not remember the location of the registration center clearly.

The High court consisting of Judges Mumbi Ngugi, Mr Mwongo and Weldon Korir made a ruling this morning the 19th of July 2013, barring Kethi from contesting for the seat and blaming her for having not checked if she was really a registered voter. The IEBC has claimed that she is not a registered voter , thus cannot allow her to vie for the Senatorial seat left vacant by her late father.

This is a big blow for her career as a lawyer having been accused of fraudulently receiving and producing a stolen registration slip claiming it to be genuine.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission may now decide to sue her for theft. This will force her to explain who gave her the slip claimed bi IEBC to have been stolen from their offices.

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