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Activists Want Court To Bar Rigathi Gachagua, 13 Other Politicians From Elections

A group of activists has filed an urgent  application seeking  orders  to bar  13 politicians from contesting  on 9th August 2022 General Elections.

The applicants, Kenneth Njagi Njiru, Meshack Churchill Suba and Beatrice Kamau want the court to issue order barring Rigathi Gachagua, UDA’s Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Johnson Sakaja, Mohamud Ali Mohamed (Marsabit), Onsemus Muthomi Njuki Tharaka-Nithi-UDA), Evans Kidero (Homa Bay- Independent), Ali Korane (Garissa), Dhadho Godana (Tana River), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga-UDA) and Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi-UDA).

Others are MPs John Waluke (Sirisia- Jubilee), Samuel Arama (Nakuru Town West- Jubilee), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret- UDA) and Migori Governor Okoth Obado.

The trio also want the judges assigned to hear and determine the petition to exclude Judges Antony Mrima, David Majanja, Chacha Mwita, Mugure Thande and Eunice Ngetich on the basis that they have already dealt with various aspects of the dispute over Chapter six during which fundamental issues concerning enforcement, interpretation, application and implementation od chapter six have been evaded.

The  Petitioners want the court to determine whether Gachagua is fit and suitable to hold any public office in the wake of a recent ruling of the High Court, directing him to forfeit Ksh 202 million to the government over graft.

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” That a mandatory injunction be issued to compel the IEBC and the EACC to inquire whether Gachagua meets the moral, ethical, leadership and intergity provisions envisaged under Article 99(2)(b) and chapter six of the constitution to be registered and or gazetted as candidate for the position of the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya,” the documents reads.

They  also want the IEBC and EACC to file their report on the findings and determination to the court by Tuesday  August 9, 2022.

The activists further want the matter refered to Chief Justice Martha Koome to appoint a three Judge bench to hear and determine the suit.

By Rodgers Oduor