Court has awarded former Kirinyaga gubernatorial aspirant Martha Karua a whopping sh 2.5 million for justice not served.
According to Tuesday December 1st news on our desk, the East African Court of Justice rewarded Karua citing that she was not accorded a fair hearing in a petition she was challenging Governor Anne Waiguru’s victory.
The former Gichugu MP started by filing a petition in a local Kirinyaga Court on September 5th 2017 claiming the election was bungled which case she lost before she moved to the next High Court claiming that there was rampant bribery, coercion and intimidation a case she again resoundingly lost. The case would be thrown out on June 14 2018 further diminishing her hopes to take power.
As if that was not enough, she quickly made another filing at the Court of Appeal, a week later, and the same fate befell her.
The politician who is also a lawyer felt unsatisfied and matched straight to The Supreme Court in August 2019 but the court unfortunately dismissed any admission of the case saying she had failed to observe the stipulated 60-day deadline.
Not allowing to go down without a fight, she went straight to the East African Court of Justice which, fortunately, on Monday November 30th awarded her the sh 2.5 million in compensation for having been subjected to unfair judicial treatment.
“The Reference challenged the Republic of Kenya, through its judicial organ, for violating the Applicant’s right to a fair trial, a fair hearing and access to substantive justice and in so doing failed to abide by its own Constitution and its commitment to the fundamental and operational principles of the East African Community as enshrined in the Treaty,” ruled EACJ judge.
According to the court, the Kenyan Government infringed on her rights to find justice throughout her case.
It is however not clear if she will now hang on this particular judgment to revive her fight with Waiguru again.