Waititu cleared to run for Kabete by elections
18 March 2015, 18:29
Nairobi - Ferdinand Waititu can contest the Kabete by elections after the High Court failed to lock him out on integrity charges.
The former Embakasi MP has been nominated by the Jubilee Alliance Party JAP to represent them in the May 5 election but had been in a spot of bother after a group of voters went to court to lock him out stating that his integrity is in question.
The voters had wanted the former Embakasi MP to be withdrawn from running
for the May 5 Kabete by election because of his past record as regards
Godffrey Mwaki and Joseph Njuguna sought to compel the Independent Electoral and Boundaries
Commission IEBC to bar the former Embakasi MP from contesting under the Jubilee Alliance Party JAP.
However, the High court stated Wednesday that it did not have the jurisdiction to tackle cases bordering on electoral offences and thus could not bar the controversial Waititu.
The two voters had argued that Waititu does not meet the requisite
threshold as stipulated in Chapter 6 of the Constitution on Integrity
and Leadership due to the numerous court cases he is currently involved
" The respondent's integrity is in question having been
mentioned in several cases and matters and thus he does not have the
requisite threshold to run for office," they said.
The Kabete parliamentary seat was left vacant after the murder of former MP George Muchai.
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