BY NAMULONGO PETER/KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,21ST JUNE,2017-Religious leaders on Wednesday 21ST June accused the independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC of being timid in dealing with aspirants accused of corruption in their past dealings.
Addressing the press at the ACK Guest House in Nairobi Wednesday , the leaders from various Christian and Muslim denominations said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission had created a “huge setback” in the fight against graft when it allowed aspirants fingered by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to contest.
The religious leaders included representatives from the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, the Hindu Council of Kenya, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Council of Churches of Kenya, National Muslim Leaders Forum, Organisation of African Instituted Churches, Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims.
“This DRG (Dialogue Reference Group) notes that the IEBC received a record of integrity concerns regarding specific candidates from the Ethics and Anticorruption Commission.
“However, the IEBC went ahead and cleared the same individuals to contest for positions in the coming elections,” the clerics said under a joint religious grouping on election concerns.
IEBC has been under sharp focus since the EACC submitted a list of 106 politicians flagged for having unanswered questions on their integrity.
The IEBC, though, claimed that the decision to block any candidate will depend on whether those aspirants had exhausted options to appeal.
In the end, most of those on the list were allowed to contest in the upcoming elections.
But the clerics say the commission was complacent when it failed to blacklist the candidates identified, and want Kenyans to hammer the final nail on their political ambitions.
“We find this to be a huge setback on the war against corruption. However, we do not give up, and appeal to you Kenyans: make use of your ballot by voting out every person who has integrity questions on their character.”
Ahead of elections, when the IEBC, candidates and political parties have been embroiled in questions about the readiness of the electoral body and how candidates have failed to respect the code of conduct, the clergy came forth with a series of comments.
They accuse the commission of not doing enough to tame politicians who have had “rampant violation” of the code set by the IEBC.
“This denotes strong failure on the part of the IEBC to enforce the law as it is today,” they said.
“Kenyans are waiting for the IEBC and the law enforcement agencies to implement their mandates by bringing to justice any and all individuals found to be breaching the elect