Taita Taveta Governor Aspirants Dispute Samboja’s Nomination As Jubilee Flag-Bearer
April 18, 2022
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Political leaders eyeing the Taita Taveta governor’s seat have castigated the Jubilee Party for its nomination of incumbent county boss Granton Samboja to defend his seat under the party’s ticket.
Through a joint statement issued Monday, the leaders faulted the President Uhuru Kenyatta-led party for apparently failing to consider another member of the party, Rachel Mwakazi, in nominating Samboja.
Led by Mwakazi herself, the aspirants comprise Patience Nyange of Narc Party, Faustine Mghenyi of The Service Party, Elijah Mwandoe of PAA, Stephen Mwakesi from the People’s Empowerment Party, as well as UDA’s John Mruttu.
“We are aware that the incumbent is a person whom the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission investigated and established did not meet the educational requirement stipulated under Article 193(1)(b) of the Constitution and Section 22 of the Elections Act, 2011 to contest for the position of Governor,” said the leaders.
They argued that Samboja’s integrity is questionable on the basis of his academic qualifications.
“Their (Jubilee’s) action stems from impunity which outrightly dispossesses the people of Taita Taveta County of their right to elect leaders of their choice and deliberately deny them effective representation,” the statement added.
The six now want the Jubilee Party to reveal all certificates presented by Samboja to the party’s National Elections Board (NEB) in seeking to be nominated as the Jubilee flag bearer, following which they must be authenticated.
They are also demanding that IEBC scrutinizes Jubilee’s list of Taita Taveta nominees to ascertain the authenticity of the declaration they have made.
“IEBC should not receive any nomination papers from the incumbent until after the Kenya National Qualification Authority verifies and confirms that they are authentic and not fabrication as was uttered in 2017,” the leaders stated.
The group has further vowed to write to the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal and move to court to seek a determination on Samboja’s eligibility.
Samboja was issued with nomination certificates on Saturday by the NEB’s Chairman Stephen Wandeto.