The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has disqualified flamboyant politician Mike Sonko from the Mombasa gubernatorial race.
This was after the commission’s chair Wafula Chebukati declared that politicians impeached for violating Chapter Six of the Constitution will be barred from vying for any elective post in the August polls.
Sonko, while serving as the Nairobi governor, was unceremoniously removed from office over integrity issues.
He was charged with five counts that ranged from violation of the Constitution, gross misconduct, abuse of office to crimes committed under the national law.
After his impeachment, Sonko stayed out of active politics until early 2022 when he declared that he would be seeking the same seat but now in Mombasa.
He would then join the Wiper party which is led by Kalonzo Musyoka seeking its ticket in his ambition, a request that was granted.
He then commenced vigorous campaigns, traversing the coastal city selling his agenda to the electorate.
However, IEBC’s move not to clear him has shattered his dreams of making a political comeback while seating at the helm of Mombasa county.
Other leaders who have been disqualified over integrity are Thuo Mathenge who was seeking the Nyeri Governor seat on a TND ticket and Kiambu Senatorial hopeful, Paul Karungo Wa Thang’wa.
Karungo was impeached by the Kiambu County Assembly shortly after his then boss, Kiambu Governor, Ferdinand Waititu, was removed from office.
Chebukati also stated that Sonko and other impeached leaders are also barred from any appointive roles in the government as stipulated by the law.
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