Courts Stops IEBC From Clearing Radio Presenter to Contest as Senator

Courts Stops IEBC From Clearing Radio Presenter to Contest as Senator

The High Court has barred Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from clearing former radio presenter and United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Kiambu senatorial candidate Karungo wa Thang’wa to from contesting for the Senate seat in the August 9 elections.

The court ruled that Karungo wa Thang’wa can only be cleared after a case challenging his eligibility to contest is heard and determined.

A petition seeking to bar Thang’wa a former Kiambu County Government Sports and Youth CEC from being cleared to vie for the senate seat was filed by Kelvin Njui Wangari.

“Pending further orders of the expanded Bench, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is hereby prohibited from clearing the 1st Respondent herein, Paul Karungo Thang’wa to vie as a candidate for any elective office at the 9th August 2022 general elections and/or printing ballot papers bearing his name and/or symbol.” reads a ruling by Justice Anthony Mrima.

Thang’wa ‘s impeachment while serving as Kiambu CEC formed the ground of petition seeking him blocked from the race.

Justice Mrima at the same time referred the matter to the Chief Justice who will make a determination on the matter alongside many other related and or similar cases.

“This matter is hereby referred to the Hon. Chief Justice to be dealt with alongside the other related matters by the expanded Bench of the High Court.”

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko is among leaders whose petition on eligibility to vie lies in the hands of the Chief Justice.