Case to bar MP Aisha Jumwa from Kilifi top seat appealed

Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

A petition challenging the validity of Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa's academic papers has moved to the Court of Appeal following the High Court's verdict that it lacked jurisdiction on the matter.

Two petitioners, Rajab Menza and Daniel Kahindi, are seeking judicial review challenging the decision by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to clear Ms Jumwa.

In the court papers the duo claim that Ms Jumwa does not have a university degree, which is one of the mandatory qualification for persons vying for the governor seat in the country.

Ms Jumwa has been cleared by the IEBC to vie for the Kilifi governor seat on the United Democratic Alliance party ticket.

 One of the petitioners' counsel Derrick Odhiambo said yesterday that they have filed a notice of appeal at the Malindi Law Court and are waiting for further direction from the court.

He said the intention is to overturn the High Court's verdict that told them to argue their case before the electoral body's Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC).

"The same IEBC’s Dispute Resolution Committee had said it lacks powers to determine Nairobi Senator who is also is UDA Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Johnson Sakaja’s degree saga and that is why we had opted to move to the court instead of the committee," he said.