Musician Bahati can  breathe a sigh of relief as IEBC releases list of gazetted candidates

Musician Bahati can breathe a sigh of relief as IEBC releases list of gazetted candidates

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,10TH JULY,2022-The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has released a gazette notice of candidates who will vie for various positions in the August 9th General Election.

The gazette notice, which is dated July 1, 2022, has listed four presidential candidates and their running mates.

The candidates include Azimio la Umoja’s Raila Odinga, Kenya Kwanza’s William Ruto, George Luchiri Wajackoyah of Roots Party and Waihiga Mwaure of Agano Party.

Conspicuously absent in the notice is Mike Sonko, who is eyeing the Mombasa gubernatorial position, and Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo who was suspected to be Wiper’s preferred replacement for Sonko.

Sonko’s name is amiss on the list due to the fact that he has a pending case before a three-judge bench in a court in Mombasa, and the IEBC disputes tribunal has not yet cleared him to vie.

According to the tribunal, Sonko failed to submit his original degree certificate as well as a certified copy of the same, in breach of article 75 of the Kenyan constitution.

The tribunal also heard that although Sonko had presented copies that had been certified by his advocate during the last poll, the degree requirement in 2022 applied to all candidates.

The IEBC had also barred Sonko from vying following his impeachment in 2018.

Also missing from the list is Karungo Thang’wa who had been picked as the UDA candidate in the Kiambu senatorial race.

Meanwhile, Nairobi Gubernatorial candidate Johnson Sakaja has officially been gazetted as a candidate.

This is despite, the High court ruling coming up on Tuesday that will determine the inclusion of Nairobi Sakaja’s name on ballot papers.

In the gazette notice, Sakaja has been gazetted alongside his running mate Njoroge Muchiri as the candidate for the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

According to Chebukati, the only way to reverse Sakaja’s clearance is by overturning the decision of the tribunal through a court order.

Musician Kevin ‘Bahati’ Kioko can also breathe a sigh of relief as his name has been gazetted in the list of candidates set to contest in the August General Election.

Taking to Twitter, the singer wrote “It official that on the 9th of August 2022…. I will be on the ballot as the next Member of Parliament Mathare Constituency under the #Jubilee_Azimio ticket!!! Asante Yesu, pokea sifa Mungu.”

The gazettement comes after Bahati, who is vying on a Jubilee Party ticket, had been asked to step down from the race in favour of an ODM candidate under a zoning arrangement in the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition political outfit.

Cleopas Malala, who is aiming to succeed Governor Wycliffe Oparanya in Kakamega, has also been confirmed as a candidate after being cleared.

A petition had initially been filed challenging his academic qualifications but he was cleared after the United States International University Africa confirmed that his degree is valid.

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