Sixteen top politicians could be barred from contesting for any seat in the August 9 General Election if the High Court allows a petition filed by activist Okiya Omtatah.

The human rights activist moved to court seeking to have persons with integrity issues blocked by the electoral commission from contesting in the forthcoming election.

Omtatah regretted that many people adversely mentioned in the theft of public funds had also presented themselves to the electorates seeking various positions.

In his petition, the activist argued that the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty should not apply when it comes to the clearance of political aspirants.

Politicians who risk being locked out
Should the petition sail through, 16 politicians currently on the radar of the anti-corruption over graft allegations involving a combined KSh 10 billion will be barred from contesting.

They include

  1. Anne Waiguru-Kirinyaga governor
  2. Muthomi Njuki- Tharaka Nithi governor
  3. Ali Korane-Garissa governor
  4. Okoth Obado-Migori governor
  5. Moses Lenolkulal- Samburu governor
  6. Sospeter Ojaamong- Busia governor
  7. Jonah Mburu-Lari MP
  8. Pavel Oimeke-Bonchari MP
  9. Rigathi Gachagu- Mathira MP
  10. Aduma Owuor-Nyakach MP
  11. James Gakuya- Embakasi North MP
  12. Ayub Savula-Lugari MP
  13. Moses Kuria- Gatundu South
  14. John Waluke- Sirisia MP
  15. Alfred Keter-Nandi Hills MP
  16. Christopher Lang’at- Bomet senator

Political witch hunt
As previously reported, Waiguru claimed that the ruling Jubilee administration is using anti-graft agencies to curtail her political ambitions.
Taking to Facebook, the county boss decried the numerous occasions that officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) have raided on his premises.

According to Waiguru, the incidents happens whenever she makes public pronouncements that are not in favour of the government.

”Last time I said … “on BBI let me keep quiet a bit..” immediately, EACC raided my office… Recently I said I am “… introspecting on the political way forward…” and again, immediately I get EACC summons complete with all the subtle threatening inflexibilities,” said Waiguru.

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