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Just In: Six Petitions Filed to Stop DP Ruto, Raila From Running For Presidency, More Details Reveal

Despite increased campaigning and endorsements, Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga face unique legal obstacles in their bids to win the presidency.

The combined six cases before the High Court concern constitutional interpretation and the eligibility of Dr Ruto and Mr Odinga. If the court decides in favor of the petitioners, Dr Ruto, the Kenya Kwanza Alliance candidate, and Mr Odinga, the flagbearer of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party, may be barred from the presidential campaign.

Among the legal skirmishes raging on Mr Odinga's doorstep are two distinct constitutional lawsuits brought by presidential challenger Ekuru Aukot and Thirdway Alliance chairman Miruru Waweru, as well as one by voters John Kenga and George Bush.

Dp Ruto, on the other hand, is facing four petitions from politicians Stanley Livondo, Paul Njoroge, Okiya Omtatah, and Mr Michael Kirungia.

Dr Aukot and Mr Waweru allege in their petition opposing Mr Odinga's candidacy that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader is a public officer acting as a government adviser in accordance with Section 8 of the Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) Act, 2015.

They contend that because he did not renounce the office, he is ineligible to run for an elected seat.

Dr Ruto is currently facing constitutional challenges relating to his present government position. Mr Livondo's lawsuit attempts to halt Dr Ruto's presidential campaign. According to Mr Livondo, various passages of the constitution imply that a deputy President and cabinet secretaries are unable to run for President in a subsequent General Election.

He contends that the President's tasks and functions can simply be passed to the deputy, and the two operate as a unified unit.

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