Safina Party presidential candidate Jimi Wanjigi was disqualified by the Independent Election Commission (IEBC) on Monday, June 6. Wanjigi could not show a valid degree certificate, one of the constitutional requirements for the country's highest office. The billionaire businessman had submitted a letter stating that he had completed courses and intended to graduate in December this year.
Safina Party presidential candidate Jimi Wanjigi and his running mate Willis Otieno submit their documents to the IEBC at Kenya Bomas on Monday, June 6, 2022.
So far, only five presidential candidates have met the IEBC's stringent requirements to run in the upcoming general election.
Wanjigi challenged IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, whom he accused of being part of a plan to disqualify him from the election. He promised to take the matter to court.
"I want to state here categorically that there is a conspiracy and there are people who do not want others to appear on the ballot and you will not get away with it, Mr. President. This is a country of laws, a country where we respect the Constitution," he said.
In a dramatic twist, IEBC staff turned off Wanjigi's microphone and asked him to leave the room and make his statements elsewhere.
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