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ODM secretary general Zani escapes jail term

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) secretary general Dr Agnes Zani has survived a move to have her jailed for contempt of court after failing to hold repeat primaries in Bonchari constituency.

Mr David Ogega Oyugi, who participated in the ODM nominations won by Mr J B Momanyi, had moved to the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal (PPDT) and obtained orders for a repeat of the primaries in the constituency.

But dismissing the application, tribunal chairman Mr Kyalo Mbobu said Dr Zani was not served with the orders that she organizes for a repeat poll on May 3,2017.

“We find that the claim against Dr Zani that she defied orders of this court has no merit and we dismiss it,” ruled Mr Mbobu.

KANU NOMINATIONS

The PPDT on Tuesday fined Kanu Secretary General Mr Nick Salat Sh200,000 or serve a three months jail term for failing to conduct nominations in Fafi Constituency.

Mr Salat was convicted alongside Kanu’s chairman of election board Edward Kivuvani. They paid the fine and were released from custody.

KANU will now advertise in the print media fresh nomination dates for Fafi constituency that will pit Salah Yakub Farah against Abdikhaim Osman Mohammed. The latter was issued with a nomination cerrificate on March 21 2017. The cerificate has since been cancelled.

And separately, Wiper’s Machakos gubernatorial looser Bernard Kiala has appealed against the landslide win of his opponent Ms Wavinya Ndeti.

Mr Kiala alleges that Wiper party has only 90,000 registered members in Machakos county and questioned the excess 154,000 members who voted in the nomination.