UDA senatorial aspirant wins big after court reverts IEBC decision

IEBC had disqualified the senatorial aspirant on grounds he was impeached from office

Senatorial aspirant Karungo Thang'wa

Kiambu senatorial aspirant Karungo Thang'wa can breathe a sigh of relief after the high court reversed the decision to disqualify him from the race.

High court Judge Rachel Ng'etich in her ruling said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) could not block Karungo from vying because he was impeached from office.

Justice Ngetich said there was not proof of corruption laid before the courts to push for his removal as a County Executive Committee Member in the County of Kiambu.

The court ordered that the aspirant be given the green light to vie and that his name be included in the ballot papers too.

"This court finds no reason to bar Karungo from vying for the Kiambu senator position," Ng'etich said in her ruling.

Karungo was disqualified by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Sunday, June 19 on grounds of having been impeached from office.

The tribunal directed that having been removed from office through impeachment, Karungo is permanently disqualified from holding public office.

In his defense, the UDA candidate claimed that he resigned from office before the impeachment.

After giving him an opportunity to defend himself, the tribunal upheld the decision by the Kiambu Returning Officer to bar him from the contest.

Eyes shift to the IEBC to see whether it will clear the senator hopeful even after the first batch of ballot papers arrived.

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati also poured water on claims that the commission had sourced some of the sensitive documents from neighbouring Uganda.

Today, we are receiving the first batch of ballot papers arriving today. All ballot papers will arrive from JKIA. No ballot papers are arriving from Uganda,” he said.

The commission is expecting 132,722,748 ballot papers from Greece firm Inform Lykos, and no extra papers will be printed.

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