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2017 Presidential aspirant wants Chebukati barred from holding public office


Former independed presidential aspirant  Peter Solomon Gichira has filed a petition at the high court seeking to remove IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati from office.

Gichira is also seeking to have Chebukati bared from holding any public offices saying he lied under oath when he presented his statements before Justice Odunga in 2017.

The former presidential aspirant says the IEBC chair frustrated him during the 2017 election period after he barred him from contesting the presidential seat.

The high court  had on 26 May 2017 issued  an order directing Chebukati to receive Mr Gichira’s nomination papers to run as an independent presidential candidate.

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Gichira had successfully applied to the constitutional court and obtained order  requiring IEBC to receive nomination signatures from Independent Presidential Candidates by way of Microsoft Excel, this order was however ignored by the commission.

“The chairman of IEBC presented some information to court with the intention of having me barred from running for presidency as an independednt candidate. He contravened chapter six of the constitution and many other Articles of the constitution for instance the one of Administrative justice for any accused person and how that person should be treated and he never did any of that.” He said

He said the chair misled the court when he presented his statement saying Gichira had tried to commit suicide by jumping off the sixth floor of anniversary towers terming it as a calculative move to bar him from running for presidency.

In his petition Gichira urgues that Chebukati is unfit to hold public office by virtue of violation of Article 35, 47, 73, 75 and 232 of the constitution.

Gichira had also filled a similar petition in Parliament on 1st April 2018 but it was dismissed on the basis that he had not reached the threshhold to have Wafula Chebukati removed from office.