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Friday, 10 Mar 2017 10:35 EATcwainaina@kenyafreepress.com
The intense rivalry between Kiambu governor William Kabogo and his main opponent Ferdinand Waititu has reached a level where both will stop at nothing to force the other to fall. However, according to a recent opinion polls conducted by Tifa Research, Waititu would beat Kabogo hands down in the Kiambu Governor on August 8.
The poll found that 44 percent people would vote for Waititu while 22 percent would support Kabogo. The Tifa Research found 44 percent of youths aged 18-30 support Waititu compared to Kabogo 25 percent.
In a chronology of their war pitting the two even through court battles Kabogo accused Waititu last year of identity theft. He accused him of using another person’s academic papers and he did not have any post-primary school education. The case was taken to the court last year April 12, 2016.
Waititu won the suit last December after the court ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to meddle in the dispute. The MP is now seeking an order compelling Kabogo to offset the Sh50,960,422 he accrued from March 14, 2016. Waititu’s court documents suggest the amount sums up the total incurred from the moment lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui started to represent him.
“The claim considers that the case was of great public interest, the length of time involved and the nature of the proceedings, including the fact that Kabogo had pegged the value of the claim by affidavit evidence as being a grave constitutional violation, which escalated thereafter," Waititu says.
Kabogo wanted the court to declare him unfit to run for public office. The case took a turn on April last year when the knec filed a document in court saying the result slip Kabogo filed I court was forged. A few weeks later Kabogo filed more documents from Panjab that suggested he did not pursue any court order but Waititu dismissed the claims saying he went to the university but used the name Clifford Ndung’u as listed in the documents.
Kabogo also sued Waititu for allegedly terming him corrupt, lacking integrity and a drug peddler and he does not deserve to be holding public office. Kabogo accused Waititu of defaming him in a WhatsApp group where he posted that Kabogo and 14 others were banned from travelling to the U.S. in November 2014 for engaging in shady business deals. He also termed him as a “small criminal who sells drugs".
Waititu could benefit from further momentum following the recent unity by four governorship aspirants to support his candidature in a united front to oust Kabogo.