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Why IEBC Disqualified Sonko From Running

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Satirday disqualified former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Ferdinad  Waititu from contesting for the Mombasa and Kiambu Governor respectively seat or any elective  position.

Speaking to journalists in Bomas of Kenya after clearing Deputy President William Ruto to run as a presidential candidate, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said aspirants who have been previously impeached and have exhausted their chances of appeal stand disqualified from contesting in an election

Also disqualified on grounds of having been impeached from office is former Kiambu Youth Executive Karungo Thang’wa who was set to vie for the Kiambu Senate seat on a UDA ticket.

While giving the commission’s verdict on Sonko and Thang’wa, Chebukati stated that a person who is removed from office on contravention of Chapter Six of the Constitution is disqualified from holding any other State or public office whether elective or appointive.

“The Commission’s position is that Article 75 of the Constitution is self-speaking and self-executing… Therefore the three aspirants who have been removed from public office through impeachment are disqualified from contesting in the elections,” said Chebukati.


Also affected by the decision is former Kiambu Governor Ferdinad Waititu.

Chebukati has however maintained that in spirit of constutionalism the aspirants under investigation are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“The presumption of innocence is part of fair trial and the commission being firmly anchored on Constitutionalism, aspirants under probe   and not has not be charged or under active prosecution are free to contest,” Chebukati stated.

By Rodgers Oduor