Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko, United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate for Kiambu senatorial contest, Karungo Wa Thang’wa and Nakuru Town MP Samuel Arama have received a sigh of relief after the three bench high court dismissed integrity petition seeking to block them from contesting for elective seats in August 9.
Justices Chacha Mwita, David Majanja and Mugure Thande thrown out petition compelling the high court to bar the aforementioned legislator aspirants from participating in forthcoming election, citing that the jurisdiction of the court won’t be invoked until the mechanisms before the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are exhausted.
“Jurisdiction of this court should not be invoked until the mechanisms before the IEBC are exhausted. We decline jurisdiction on those cases,” they said.
Mike Sonko, Karungo Wa Thang’wa and Samuel Arama had been denied clearance by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) over impeachment altercations that befall against them while serving the county government in various positions.
Sonko is seeking to succeed Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho on Wiper party ticket while Karungo Wa Thang’wa seeks to battle for Kiambu senatorial seat on UDA party ticket. If cleared, he will face off Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate Abdulswamad Nassir for Mombasa seat.
Karungo Wa Thang’wa has thanked the people of Kiambu county for holding him prayers through the IEBC clearance challeges.
“The Three Judge bench presided over by Justice Majanja has today dismissed a case against me that sought to bar IEBC from clearing us. Notūthiīte wega.
We serve a living God. Asante Mola.
Asante Kiambu for your prayers and support” Karungo Wa Thang’wa wrote.