Deputy President William Ruto has yet again suffered another setback after the high court issued an order to halt the clearance of UDA senatorial candidate for Kiambu Paul Karungo Thang'wa. This was after Kelvin Njui Wangari filed a petition challenging the eligibility of Thang'wa to vie after he was impeached as a CEC for Youth and Sports in Kiambu county in 2019.
Justice Anthony Mrima in his ruling barred the Chebukati-led commission from clearing Thang’wa to contest in any elective seat in the upcoming general election nor printing ballot papers containing his name or symbol.
"Pending further orders of the expanded bench, the IEBC is hereby prohibited from clearing Paul Karungo Thang'wa to vie as a candidate for any elective office at the August 9 general election and or printing ballot papers bearing his name or symbol," read part of the court order.
Since there are other such cases before the supreme court, Justice Mrima forwarded the case to chief justice Martha Koome to enjoin it with other related cases before her. The expanded bench is expected to issue a ruling on whether impeached leaders can still vie for an elective seat.
"It relates to Chapter Six of the Constitution, especially when a public officer is impeached from office. This matter is hereby referred to the Honorable Chief Justice to be dealt with alongside the other related matters of the expanded bench of the High Court," added Justice Mrima.
Thang’wa is one of the vocal supporters of deputy president William Ruto who have been on the frontline in selling Ruto in the mountain. If he is barred from vying, Ruto will have a hard time finding a suitable replacement for him in the Kiambu senatorial race.
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