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ODM NEB chair Judith Pareno found guilty of contempt

ODM elections' board chair Judith Pareno and commissioner Ismael Aden address the media at Orange House on April 17, 2017. /JOSEPH NDUNDA
ODM elections' board chair Judith Pareno and commissioner Ismael Aden address the media at Orange House on April 17, 2017. /JOSEPH NDUNDA

ODM National Election Board chair Judith Pareno has been found guilty of contempt of court.

Pareno defied an order requiring her to ensure votes in the Muhoroni primaries were recounted and a winner declared.

This prompted an application by former Muhoroni MP Ayiecho Olweny after which the court issued an arrest warrant against Pareno,

But she got a reprieve on Monday after Justice Jessie Lesiit chose to reprimand her instead of meting out punishment for disobeying the court.

"You are holding a high office which is respected in the country, and being a woman and a mother, it is your responsibility to bring members of the party together, not to scatter them," the judge said.

Lesiit observed that Pareno stage-managed the process yet it was her duty to ensure the nominations were free and fair.

"It is my responsibility to reprimand you and that I have done. I hereby lift the warrant and set you free," he added.

Last week, the High Court directed ODM to issue a nominations certificate to Olweny and nullified the one handed to Onyango K'Oyoo.

Olweny had disputed results that found K'Oyoo the winner of the primaries saying they were not correct.

More on this: Court orders ODM to give Ayiecho Olweny Muhoroni MP ticket

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