BY JOHN WERU/CORRESPONDENT,5TH JUNE,2017-Kirinyaga residents now wants the court to intervene and protect former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru from being locked out of kirinyaga county’s gubernatorial race.
While seeking to be enjoined as interested parties in another case in which Ms Waiguru had challenged recommendations by the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee, the residents claimed they are worried that the findings might lead to her being barred from participating in the oncoming elections.
Through lawyer Mwangi Ndegwa, the 102 residents claimed that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) might use the committee’s recommendations to lock her out of the Kirinyaga gubernatorial race and hence deny them their right to freely express their democratic will.
“The residents are apprehensive that her ethical fitness to contest for the Kirinyaga gubernatorial position may be based on the National Assembly’s erroneous, unlawful and offending report,” Mr Ndegwa said.
In their case, they claim that Ms Waiguru as a former minister, is a public figure and was duly nominated as a candidate.
They claim that locking out Ms Waiguru from the gubernatorial race will consequently violate her right since the findings were made without according her a fair hearing as well as considering public participation as required by law.
They have further accused the parliamentary committee of taking over the mandate of the EACC, the body they argue is mandated legally to deal with ethical matters.
Some of the residents who spoke to upesinews.co.ke have expressed their solidarity with Waiguru and also want the court to stop the implementation of the findings until the case Waiguru has taken to court challenging the matter is heard and determined.
They further want the matter considered as urgent and therefore heard on a priority basis.