It is status quo for Bukhayo North/Walatsi after a Busia Court upheld the election of Gardy Obara Jakaa as the area Member of the County Assembly.
Giving his last Judgment before proceeding for transfer to Maua in Meru County, Chief Magistrate George Wakahiu ordered the petitioner Philip Okaronon Yaite to pay each of the respondents Sh150,000 in costs.
In his 20 minutes ruling the Magistrate found no grounds to overturn the results of the election, adding that the results of the recount and scrutiny of votes had no significant change to warrant the nullification of the results.
In the August 8 elections Yaite emerged third with 1610 votes. Nyongesa Ekasiba was second with 1691 votes while Jakaa top scored with 1901 votes to retain the seat on an Independent ticket.
Yaite conceded defeat saying he has accepted the court ruling. ” To slip is not to fall. I will give another shot in 2022. Meanwhile, I am giving my opponent a chance to discharge his duties for the benefit of the people of Bukhayo North/Walatsi,” he said.
On his part, Jakaa thanked the Court, God, his colleagues at the assembly, voters, his dad and mum and loving wife for his election victory, adding that it’s now time to discharge his duties to change the status of the ward.
” I have forgiven the petitioner for he didn’t know what he was doing. I urge him to forget politics and join hands to change the fortunes of our people. I will also discharge my mandate without fear or favour and to guard the interests of the disadvantaged,” he said.
Bukhayo North/Walatsi Ward manager Felix Wanga said students from the ward will now enjoy bursaries after an hectic court process.