Chebukati clarifies whether politicians with court cases will be allowed to vie

The EACC wants politicians who have been impeached or charged in court to be blocked from the General Elections

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has clarified whether politicians who have been impeached or facing cases in court will be cleared to vie in the fast-approaching elections.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said that politicians who were impeached will be treated as such, while those with court cases stand a chance to vie.

"Under Article 75 of the Constitution, those who have been impeached stay impeached and we shall treat them as such.

For those who have been convicted but have an appeal, the commission follows the direction of Article 99(3), that as long as you have an appeal, we cannot stop you from vying,” Chebukati said.

"I am also alive to the fact that there is a court case in which the Chief Justice has constituted a three-judge bench to hear a case relating to integrity issues. I would appeal that the case be heard as soon as possible, within two weeks befor the commission starts preparing ballot papers so that if there is any direction from the court then we shall incorporate the decision of the court," he added.

241 aspirants have been identified by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) as individuals who have "fallen short of the moral and ethical standards," hence has requested the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to stop them from participating in the August 9 elections.

"EACC considers these persons to have fallen short of the moral and ethical standards stipulated for election to public office. EACC hopes that IEBC will make appropriate decisions guided by constitutional values and public interest,” the ethics commission said in a statement.

Some of the aspirants listed include; Governors; Ali Korane (Garissa), Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi). Former Governors Mike Sonko and Evans Kidero previously both of Nairobi have also been listed.

Presidential aspirant Mwangi wa Iria also made the list. This comes only days after the current Governor of Murang'a threatened to convert his party into a resistance movement if his candidature was not approved.

Nyali Member of Parliament (MP) Mohammed Ali was also listed by EACC. He is joined on the list by former Kiambu woman representative Anne Gathecha who is the running mate of Kiambu Gubernatorial aspirant Patrick Wainaina.

Other notable names that made the list include; Kiambu Senatorial aspirant Karungo Thang’wa, Migori governor Okoth Obado, former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana, former Youth and Affairs Permanent Secretary Lilian Mbogo, Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei, Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and Tana River governor Goghana Dhadho.

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