Kenya’s Supreme Court has upheld the 2017 election of Mohamed Abdi Mohamud as the governor of Wajir County, rejecting a petition challenging his win.
Chief Justice David Maraga ruled that the election had been free and fair, quashing a petition from Ahmed Abdullahi, Mr’s Mohamud predecessor who alleged “massive” malpractices during the vote almost two years ago.
Mr. Mohamud, or ‘MAM’ as he is known among his supporters, is a former Kenyan ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
The country’s highest court overturned decisions of both the High Court and the Court of Appeal, which had nullified Mr’s Mohamud win.
It ruled that Mohamud was duly elected and the election was free and fair and that the final results that were announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission stood as the valid results.
Wajir County is located in northeastern Kenya, bordering Mandera to the north and northeast, Somalia to the east, Garissa to the south and southwest, Isiolo and Marsabit to the west, and the Ethiopia to the northwest.
It occupies of area 56,685.8 sq km, making the third largest county in Kenya geographically.
According to the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census, Wajir’s population was 661,941 people with a population density of 12 people per Km2 and an annual growth rate of 3.7%.
The petition by the former governor Abdullahi argued that Mohamud was not validly elected because he did not allegedly have a degree certificate to vie for the seat. He also alleged massive electoral irregularities.