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IEBC pushes hearing on vote rigging claims by Murang’a Women Rep Sabina Chege to March 8 after she was hospitalized.

Following her hospitalization, the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) moved Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege’s case hearing to March 8. IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati remarked during the Commission’s Electoral Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee hearing that Chege was also not to comment on the case in public forums. Chege’s prosecution surrounding her vote-rigging remarks was postponed due to her lawyer Otiende Amollo’s request for an adjournment.

In the application, Amollo stated that his client is ill and has been confined to Nairobi Hospital for treatment since February 16, 2022. According to the counsel, it was uncertain when Chege would be freed from the hospital, citing a letter from Dr. Eric Munene Muriuki. The letter was sent on February 21, 2022. The MP is expected to back up the accusations she made during a public gathering in Isibuye, Vihiga County, on February 10, 2022, which generated a social media backlash.
“On February 18, the petition and motion were submitted.” The Honourable Justice Mrima considered it yesterday (Monday) and directed that we serve within two days, which we did, both electronically and in hardcopy, and that the parties meet in court tomorrow (Wednesday) for additional direction. After the committee approved Chege’s lawyers’ request for delay, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati confirmed receipt of the motion and adjourned the meeting to March 8.
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