Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, alias Baba Yao, has been locked out of the Nairobi County gubernatorial race.
This comes after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) made it clear that the rule of law will take course in vetting leaders who have been ousted from earlier posts.
Speaking in Nairobi on Wednesday, the Commission Chair Wafula Chebukati said any leader who has ever been impeached cannot be allowed to vie for any electoral post in the country.
“No impeached leader can run for elective office; law to be followed in clearing candidates for by-elections. The commission will not clear any leader with such records to vie for any electoral post,” says Mr. Chebukati.
This comes even the race for Nairobi gubernatorial post kicks off with party nominations, after Governor Mike Sonko was impeached over cross misconduct and abuse of office.
Various parties and individuals have expressed interest after submitting their names to IEBC as at Tuesday 29 December 2020, however the Orange Democratic party says it will support the Jubilee party in the race.
Jubilee cleared former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, who is also the Building Bridges Initiative co-chairman, and city businesswoman Agnes Kagure to race off to City Hall.
Waititu had expressed interest in the race, but his impeachment will be a stumbling block to his ambitions to lead Nairobi County.
He was cleared on Monday with the registrar of political parties to vie as an independent candidate, saying that “there is no election law that can bar me from contesting for the seat because I am only a suspect of an economic crime because no court has ever convicted me.”
However, the commission made the clouds clearer to Waititu on Wednesday, after citing a similar impeachment fashion he went through earlier this year.
Other aspirants include former assistant minister Margaret Wanjiru, Liberal Democratic Party founder member Dennis Kodhe and Kimori Machoka, a former County Executive Committee Member under Governor Evans Kidero.
Meanwhile, the commission said that it will set its own timelines for BBI referendum upon verification of signatures, which are yet to kick off in January 2021.