The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has refused Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata permission to run for the Murang’a governor seat in August.
After the Wafula Chebukatiled commission found that his running mate, Winnie Mwangi, had failed to resign within the legal deadlines, he was imprisoned.
State officers seeking elective positions must resign six months before the election, according to the Elections Act.
State officers were required to resign by February 9, 2022, as part of the August 9 General Election.
Mwangi had been a lecturer at the University of Nairobi for almost 25 years when Kang’ata chose her as his running buddy.
Mwangi did not quit by February 9, as required by law, according to an EACC letter sent to IEBC.
Kang’ata, on the other hand, read malice into the judgment and blamed his opponents, whom he claimed had banded together to prevent him from running for governor.
“We have proof that she quit on time,” he added, adding that “we will come back tomorrow to show it.”