Former Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has been granted a reprieve by the High Court, which ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) not to prevent him from contesting the August elections pending the outcome of the case he filed.
On Monday, June 6, Justice Ngaah Jairus ordered that the case be heard in the Mombasa High Court. Sonko had requested a judicial review of the IEBC’s decision to disqualify him from running in the August elections.
He claimed that the commission’s decision to prevent him from running in the general elections in August was motivated by bias, ill motive, malice, and bad faith. He stated that any action taken by the IEBC that disqualifies him from running for office is unconstitutional.
Sonko claimed that denying him the right to run is a violation of his fundamental rights because he had already spent a lot of money and invested a lot of time in the campaigns. He also claimed that his supporters would be impacted.