Homa Bay: Supreme Court temporarily reinstates Governor Awiti
The Supreme Court has temporarily reinstated embattled Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti pending hearing and determination of appeal he filed challenging the nullification of his election.
Speaking to the press on Tuesday, Awiti said he had secured stay orders from the Supreme Court for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) not to declare the seat vacant.
He stated that he decided to move to the Supreme Court as he felt he “did not get justice at the Court of Appeal.”
The Homa Bay County boss added that his decision to contest the nullification of his win was also arrived at after consulting various organs such as the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party and its leader Raila Odinga.
“I am fully in office, I am the Governor until the case is determined,” said Awiti, assuring the people of Homa Bay that services will continue and to stay put.
The Appellate Court in Kisumu on July 19, 2018 nullified Awiti’s election following a successful petition by former MP Oyugi Magwanga.
In the ruling, the court cited lack of merit in the appeal as the petitioner proved that there were irregularities in the 2017 polls.