AZIMIO TAKEN TO COURT A DAY AFTER LOSING IN SUPREME COURT
Azimio party have been taken to court. Lawyer Kithure Kindiki has landed another job hours after helping President-elect William Ruto defend his win from petitioners seeking to have it annulled.
Kindiki was among the lawyers who represented Ruto in Supreme Court, and succeeded in fighting off petitions from among others, ODM leader Raila Odinga of the Azimio La Umoja coalition.
He has now been picked by Lungalunga Member of Parliament-elect Mangale Chiforomodo, once again against the Azimio camp.
Chiforomodo of the UDM party is challenging the Azimio clause preventing member parties from leaving the coalition until three months after elections, saying that it infringes on his rights.
Through Kindiki, he has sued the coalition, claiming that the clause abuses his right of association.
“The petitioner particularly takes issue with provisions of Article 22 (2) of the coalition agreement which curtails his freedoms of association and his political rights to negotiate and join a coalition until the lapse of three months after August 2022 General Election,” the court papers read.
In his petition at the High Court in Mombasa, he argues that the clause inconsistent with the Constitution and violates articles 10, 24, 36, 38 and the Political Parties Act, and wants to be set free.
“The impugned Article 22 (2) of the coalition agreement has the effect of forcefully keeping parties in a situation they no longer wish to be part of against their free will and determination,” he argues.
He wants the court to annul the clause, in a case where he has listed the Registrar of Political Parties as a respondent and his party as an interested party.
UDM is among the parties that have left Azimio to join Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza after his win.
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