Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has today found a huge boost in the race to take over from former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.
This is after the Kenyan electoral body Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) gazetted the former Kiambu Governor’s name as one of the aspirants in the upcoming Nairobi by-elections.
The commission earlier today gazetted the former county chief among other 12 independent and five Jubilee party aspirants seeking clearance to vie for the Nairobi County top seat.
Other candidates cleared as independent candidates include; Raymond Ndung’u, Njau Kiigi, Evans Kimuri, David William, Ibrahim Hassan, Dr. Migudo, Alloys Otieno, Mathenge Mukundi, Yassin Munyanaya, Timothy Ayieko, and Phyllis Njiru.
His gazettement sparked mixed reactions from experts with the Constitutional lawyer Apollo Mboya saying that no law prohibits an impeached governor from vying.
“Waititu has criminal cases going on. He has not been convicted. Hence, from a constitutional standpoint, he is deemed innocent until proven guilty and even if he is proven guilty, he can still appeal.
“On the question of impeachment, there is no law that bars somebody who was impeached to vie and I think that the IEBC chairperson has realized that,” he stated.
This is after the former County chief had challenged the commission from barring him to vie, stating that he had not been convicted of any wrongdoing.
“As it stands, the applicant in this matter has not been convicted of any crime and has fully complied with all electoral guidelines provided when running for the aforementioned electoral position,” the court documents stated.
He further accused the graft body EACC of assuming the judge, jury, and executioner in a smear case against him, since the case against him was still pending