Agano Party leader David Mwaure filed an affidavit at the Supreme Court to support president-elect William Ruto’s win in the recent presidential election.
Mwaure opposed the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga and his running Martha Karua’s petition challenging the presidential election results.
He wants to testify against Raila and Karua’s petition arguing the tallying process was transparent contrary to the assertions by the four commissioners led by the vice-chairperson Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Juliana Cherera that the process was opaque.
“With all the agents literally hawk-eyed, all the ballot papers were placed on the table and sorted in their presence at the polling stations. As I sat at the Bomas of Kenya, I noticed all the commissioners of IEBC who would, upon receipt of the original 34A counter-check whether the same were in tandem with form 34A already sent electronically and upon verifying, they would then publicly declare the results,” the affidavit read.
Mwaure opines the Supreme Court should dismiss Raila and Karua’s petition over what he termed as minor arithmetic errors, which he argues are not reasons enough to merit a re-run.
He said it was appropriate to appreciate the conduct of an election that he termed as involving and rigorous.
“Even if there are certain minor arithmetic errors, it is appropriate to appreciate the fact that the conduct of an election is a very rigorous and highly involving process,” Mwaure submitted.
“The officials of the IEBC and for that matter, a number of agents did not sleep from the night of 8th of August to 15th of August when the election results were declared. Under such tough conditions, any human being is bound to make a mistake or two and I state that small mistakes let not the will of the people of Kenya be upset by this Honourable Court.”
Mwaure came in last in the disputed presidential election after Raila, and Roots Party’s George Wajackoyah and he was quick to concede defeat and congratulate Ruto for his controversial victory.
The pre-trial conference has been scheduled for Tuesday at the Milimani Law Court, ceremonial hall at 11 am.