Former National Assembly Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim who filed a petition to challenge the election of Mr. Aden Duale as Garissa Town MP has come out to give his two cents about the Duale –Nazlin drama. Mr. Maalim had contested for a Garissa senatorial seat back in 2013 but lost to Yusuf Haji (Current senator)
The court is yet to decide on the petition. However Mr. Maalim took to twitter today to clarify that although he has a petition against Mr. Duale, he does not wish to comment on his personal matters. Mr Duale has recently been caught in a public love affair drama. This is after Nazlin come out to defend her three year old affair with the leader. A media house had run an expose on their relationship and she felt that most of the content was out of context and misleading.
Mr. Maalim tweeted “I have a petition in court to nullify Duale’s election but will never celebrate his issues with Nazlin. Never judge the relationship between a man and a woman. “
Mr. Maalim has been seeking to overturn National Assembly Majority Leader’s win on grounds that his election was flawed. He alleges that Mr. Duale was not validly elected as the poll was marred with massive irregularities. Mr. Maalim wants the court to direct that the respondents in the case jointly and several committed election irregularities.
He is also asking the court to order the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to avail all voting material including voter registers, counterfoils used for all polling stations, electronic devices and equipment used during the polls within 48 hours.
In October 6th Maalim was allowed by the High Court to access all information contained in election kits in a petition against Garissa Town MP Aden Duale. The court allowed Mr. Maalim to get information contained in the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System kits.
At the same Lady Justice Hedwig Ong’udi directed Mr Maalim to place fresh seals in all the ballot boxes containing election material pending the hearing of the petition from October 16.Justice Ong’udi said election cases are emotive and all the material must be kept safe to ensure there is no interference whatsoever.