The High Court has nullified the candidature of Amani National Congress (ANC) party’s Mohamed Gedi who was seeking the Fafi MP seat at next month’s polls on grounds of holding citizenship in three countries.
This is despite the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) clearing Gedi and offering him a certificate, which allowed him to legally throw his hat into the race.
While giving her ruling, Lady Justice Abida Aroni noted that Gedi is not qualified to contest for the seat of Fafi constituency, Garissa County, since he holds citizenship in Kenya, Somalia and the United States.
As per the Constitution, dual citizens are not eligible to seek elections as members of Parliament; neither are they allowed to run for president or deputy president.
Justice Aroni hence ruled that Gedi’s registration by IEBC is unconstitutional as such it is null and void and the clearance certificate he received from the electoral watchdog should be rescinded immediately.
“The 1st Respondent is not qualified to run for the position of Member of Parliament for Fafi Constituency,” said Aroni.
Gedi was expected to lock horns with UDA’s Salah Yakub, Jubilee’s Abdikain Osman and KANU’s Mohamed Diis Shafat next month.