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Thanks to Allah for revealing the truth, ‘happy’ Duale says after election upheld

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Garissa Township MP Aden Duale on Tuesday expressed joy after the High court upheld his election.

The court dismissed Farah Maalim’s petition and directed him to pay Sh6 million in costs.

Justice Hedwig On’gudi ruled that there were no irregularities or malpractice that can annul the election.

Maalim wanted Duale’s win nullified on several grounds including irregularities, bribery and failure to signs prerequisite forms.

“This victory is for the people of Garissa Township who endured long queues to make sure they elected the leader of their choice,” Duale said.

Via twitter, Duale who is also the Majority Leader in the National Assembly, said the petitioner allegations were baseless.

“No evidence to support the allegations put across by the petitioner since they were baseless, this is after a lengthy deliberation on the evidence presented before court,” Duale said.

“Thanks to Allah for revealing the truth. I will continue working for Garissa Township residents to ensure that we bring services closer to wananchi.”

Duale also thanked his family, legal team led by Ahmednasir Abdullahi, and friends for standing with him during the case.

“We the people of Garrissa Township do believe in the rule of law and the rule law has been confirmed,” he said.

During the hearing, Maalim told the presiding judge that elections in the entire constituency was not free and fair.

Maalim said voters were bribed to vote in a certain way thus favouring certain candidates though he admitted he had no evidence to back his claims.

On his part, Duale maintained that he beat Maalim fairly in the August 8 election.

While defending his win, the leader of majority said the votes he got against his rival were far more than what he garnered in 2013, which he attributed to his development record in Garissa Town.