Lock them out! KNCHR asks Tobiko to bar candidates with integrity issues
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has called on the office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to launch investigations into the integrity of 20 political candidates with questionable characters, to determine their eligibility for holding political office.
The political candidates, who won in the recent party primaries, have been accused of committing electoral malpractices including inciting violence and voter bribery.
The commission has now written to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, to see into it that these candidates are barred from running in the August 8 General Election.
“Action must be taken against parties and candidates who did not adhere to the primaries process, including de-registration of implicated parties or barring of implicated candidates from further participation in the ongoing electoral process,” said KNCHR Chairperson, Kagwira Mbogori.
Among the politicians who KNCHR want to be investigated are Migori Governor, Okoth Obado, MPs David Gikaria and Tirus Ngahu of Nakuru Town West and Kangema constituencies respectively, Rarieda parliamentary aspirants Otiende Amollo and Neto Adhola, Isiolo North parliamentary aspirant Hussein Tene Dabosa.
KNCHR Chairperson, Kagwira Mbogori, who was speaking while releasing a report on the party primaries Monday also discredited the nomination exercises terming them ‘shambolic’ as they were marred with massive electoral malpractices including bribery, manipulation of voters’ lists, missing names, insufficient voting materials, inadequate security and misuse of public resources.
The report indicates that Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party is leading in cases of violence witnessed in nomination exercise with 53% followed by Jubilee at 35%.
Jubilee is leading in cases of voter bribery with 59% while ODM comes second with 25%.
“KNCHR monitored 223 polling centres in 33 counties with 29 hot spots noted. 116 cases of missing names were reported in Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kericho and Nyamira counties. We also capture 17 violence cases and 12 bribery cases,” said the commission Vice Chair, George Morara.
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