Jirongo did not vote for himself on October 26 poll despite being on ballot


United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate Shakhalaga Khwa Jirongo, popularly known as Cyrus Jirongo, did not cast his vote in the October 26 repeat presidential election.

As at the time of closing polls at 5pm, Jirongo had not made his way to Lumakanda township polling station to cast his ballot.

Lugari returning officer Japheth Lagat said voting continued in 159 polling stations in the constituency.

It remains unclear why the presidential candidate did not vote, despite challenging the IEBC’s failure to gazette him alongside the other seven presidential candidates. Jirongo, at the time, had been declared bankrupt.

The High Court on October 23 gave him a temporary reprieve after it suspended a Ksh700 million bankruptcy order.

Justice Olga Sewe, effectively set aside the order pending the hearing of a matter in which businessman Sammy Kogo sought the execution of the bankruptcy decree he obtained against Jirongo in July.

Jirongo, through his lawyer Kenneth Kiplagat, had told the court that he was not served with a petition that led to the bankruptcy judgment entered against him.

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