Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata has been denied clearance by the IEBC to run for Murang’a governor after the IEBC determined his running mate Winnie Mwangi failed to resign within the legal deadlines.
According to reports, Ms Mwangi did not resign by February 9 in violation of the Elections Act, which requires state officers seeking elective seats to resign six months before an election.
Mwangi had been a lecturer at the University of Nairobi for more than 25 years before being chosen as Kang’ata’s running mate.
EACC forwarded a letter to IEBC indicating that Mwangi had not resigned by the deadline of February 9, as required by law.
On Monday, Kangata attributed the mishap to malice, claiming that candidates in the race had banded together, writing a letter to the registrar in response to Ms Mwangi’s resignation.
“All the other candidates have written a letter to the registrar through their lawyer, objecting to my clearance,” Kangata did.
“They started coming up with fake allegations against my deputy, she is just a woman and she has done nothing wrong,”
According to Kangata, his camp has evidence that his deputy resigned on time, and that the matter will be solved in good time.