Aukot Files Petition To Have Raila, Kalonzo, Mudavadi Barred From Vying For Presidency

Aukot Files Petition To Have Raila, Kalonzo, Mudavadi Barred From Vying For Presidency

Third way Alliance Kenya Party Leader Ekuru Aukot Has Moved To Court Seeking To Have DM Leader Raila Odinga, Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka And ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi Barred From Contesting In The Upcoming August General Election. According To Aukot, The Three Are Beneficiaries Of The Retirement Benefits Act Enacted By Parliament In 2015.

In a petition filed in court, Aukot opines that Odinga, Kalonzo and Mudavadi are still recognized as public officers and are therefore unqualified to vie for the Presidency.

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Aukot Files Petition To Have Raila, Kalonzo, Mudavadi Barred From Vying For Presidency

Aukot argues that Odinga, Kalonzo and Mudavadi being former prime minister and vice president respectively are already entitled to both a generous retirement package and an obligation to serve as advisors to the government and the people of Kenya. The advisory role as stipulated under section 8 of the Act is not optional and the relevant persons are obligated to serve as advisors throughout their lifetime.

Among Others, The Third way Alliance Kenya leader wants the court to direct the electoral body IEBC not to clear Odinga, Kalonzo and Mudavadi to vie for the Presidency or the position of Deputy President ON GROUNDS THAT Section 43(5) of Elections Act, 2011 demands that Public Officers resign and Article 137 which bars public officers from contesting for the Presidency.

He says should IEBC clear the three to contest in the upcoming polls, the commission will be “rubber-stamping the unlawful conflict of interest that the three embody by being active politicians yet enjoying perks reserved for retired public servants.”