'Not So Fast', Registrar Asks IEBC To Block Kalonzo From Ballot

Fridah Wangechi | 2 years ago
Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka COURTESY

The office of the Registrar of Political Parties has written to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) asking  Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka not to be cleared to run in the presidential race come August 9.

This is due to his and his party's agreement to remain in the Azimio One Kenya Coalition, as is the case for other constituent parties who agreed to stand firm within the formation till the conclusion of the elections.

Musyoka made a dramatic exit from the Raila Odinga-led formation on Monday, May 16 upon the knowledge that he would not be deputizing the Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) leader,  and on the same day announced that he would be in the presidential race under a Wiper Ticket, by unveiling his running mate Andrew Sunkuli.

However, reports have emerged that he only made his exit by word of mouth and has not officially written to the coalition through his party's Secretary-General Shakila Abdalla’s signature and hence the move by RPP Anne Nderitu.

Despite fulfilling the requirements for the submission of his and his running mate's names to the electoral body, the RPP demands that he follows the due process by any party opting out of a coalition, as the coalition has already named Odinga as the coalition's flagbearer in the presidential race.

Further, the agreement binds the Wiper Party to the formation, barring it from exiting the coalition party 6 months to the general election or three months after the August polls.

He is now left with the option of pursuing legal action to allow him to exit the coalition party or to be discharged by mutual consent by President Uhuru Kenyatta who is the coalition's council chair.

Sources at the IEBC have stated that commissioners have embarked on examining the legal consequences of Musyoka’s presidential bid through the Wiper.

Azimio however is still reaching out to Musyoka with the hope of at least coming to a resolution, especially after he hinted that he would be open to returning to the formation if his demands were considered.

KANU Chairman Gideon Moi has been tasked with persuasion, as he has been seen at the former VP's farm in Yatta, to try and smooth out the issues that Musyoka decried while he was in the formation.

“There’s no hostility here, this is a brotherly contest. But as we move on, we’ll keep reviewing our position,” Musyoka stated.

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