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Meru aspirants fear vetting

21 September 2012, 11:05 Tony Karomo

A section of aspirants seeking parliamentary seat in Meru County have urged the government to form an independent vetting body to avoid wrangles ahead of the general elections

The aspirants claimed that they don’t have trust on the proposed existing institutions to carry out the vetting exercise hence the government should fund a new body.

Speaking to the media Tigania West parliamentary aspirant Godfrey Mwika, Kagwira Mwangaza (Burii Constituency), Tartisio Machinga (Tigania West) and Rahim Dawood (North Imenti) said the exercise should be carried out by a new body to avoid manipulation of the results by some politicians.

‘If the governments want a clean and wrangles free exercise it should set funds aside to form an independent body to carry out the vetting exercise before the general election,” said Kagwira at Garendare location.

‘We are not stopping the vetting to go on but we don’t have trust on the bodies which were mandated to carry out the exercise,” said Mwika.

They added that they have witnessed criminals and jailbirds awarded certificate of good conduct a move they said is fueled by corrupt leaders.

They also criticized the IEBC of trying to create a power of the rich by charging high fees for aspirants vying for elective County seats. They noted the clause need to be revised since it’s meant to lock potential candidates out and create a government that will be only for the rich few.

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