Wiper Files Case To Defend Sonko Over Disqualification 

Wiper Party has filed a case before the IEBC dispute tribunal challenging the electoral commission’s decision to block former Nairobi Governor from vying in the upcoming August General Election.

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The complaint is in regard to the rejection by IEBC to clear Mike Mbuvi Sonko to contest for the position of Governor, Mombasa County.

Wiper Party argues that there is a pending matter before the Supreme Court and that it is aware that John Walukhe was cleared to contest for the position of Member of Parliament Sirisia Constituency yet he has a pending case.

“The complainant contends that the Mombasa County Returning Officer and IEBC are applying double standards in its decision to refuse to clear Sonko.

“The complainant contends that the reason for refusal to clear the interested party on account of breach of Chapter 6 of the constitution is a matter on appeal at the supreme court,” reads court papers.

The party now wants the panel to direct IEBC to issue Sonko with the nomination papers saying that there is no legal basis for the commission to reject Sonko’s bid to vie for the Governor seat.

The tribunal has since directed that the Returning Officer files his responses and appear before it tomorrow (Wednesday) for an inter-party hearing.

IEBC disqualified Sonko from contesting in the August elections on grounds that he was impeached from public office.

In disqualifying Sonko, IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati cited Article 75(3) which states: “A person who is removed from office on contravention of Chapter 6 of the Constitution is disqualified from holding any other State or public office whether elective or appointive.”

Meanwhile, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has criticised the move to bar Sonko from the elections, terming it an injustice: “The people of Mombasa should not be disenfranchised. You cannot be barred from running for any office. Sonko has an active matter before the supreme court and all other courts are subordinate to the supreme court.”

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