Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga sues Jubilee, IEBC

Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga sues Jubilee, IEBC

Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga now wants the Political Parties Dispute to compel the Jubilee Party to accept his nomination papers unconditionally.

Mr Njenga also wants a declaration that the decision by IEBC to reject his nomination papers as illegal, null and void.

In a certificate of urgency before the tribunal, he is also seeking a declaration that his political rights were violated by the respondents.

Maina Njenga says the respondents, in rejecting his nomination papers, failed to follow, respect and promote the values and principles of democracy.

The party rejected his nomination papers following instructions from the party leader President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.

“The decision to reject my nomination papers on account of instructions from the party leader and deputy party leader is dictatorial, unreasonable and unjustified in an open and just democratic society,” Maina argues.

In his affidavit, he says that he is not and has never been a Mungiki member.

“I am a God fearing person and I believe in Jesus Christ. I have never been a member of prescribed organization and the government should furnish evidence to the contrary,” he argues.

He claims that he has spent over Ksh100 million campaigning for the Jubilee Party.

“I am a member of Jubilee Party and I was born and bred in Laikipia County. I believe that the constitution indicates that IEBC and Jubilee Party should act in a transparent and accountable manner,” said Njenga.

In the court documents, Maina claims to have been registered and paid the requisite legal fees seeking for Laikipia senatorial seat on a Jubilee Party Ticket and paid 50,000 shillings. He claims that he has a right to protection of the law and full benefit of the law.

Maina says he will suffer irreparable damage if the rejection of his nomination papers is not quashed as it offends the constitution.

The alleged ex Mungiki leader claims said he has complied with all the other legal requirements, claiming that he already has a certificate of good conduct, compliance from the Kenya Revenue Authority, compliance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and a compliance with the Credit Reference Bureau.

“I do not appreciate the animal called ‘Mungiki’ because it was the creation of Government of Kenya to harass youths in central province and it is only the Government that can unpack this animal called mungiki, ”claims Njenga.

Njenga wants a declaration that IEBC and the Jubilee Party failed to take into account the values and principles protected under the constitution.

The case will be heard tomorrow.

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