Omtatah opposes KNCHR petition on leadership test


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Activist Okiya Omtatah. Photo/Courtesy

Activist Okiya Omtatah has opposed a request by the Kenya National Commission of Human Rights (KNCHR) for an advisory opinion from the Supreme Court on the criteria to determine integrity and leadership fitness of political aspirants.

The human rights commission wants the top court to clarify on the test for leadership and integrity to be used to clear aspirants eyeing political office in August General Election.

On Monday, Omtatah lodged the preliminary objection to the petition saying that he has two constitutional references pending before the High Court.

In his objection, Omtatah says that the Supreme Court lacks the mandate to hear the appeal, adding that the agency is abusing court process by invoking its jurisdiction.

However, advocate Nani Mungai who presented the petition on behalf of the State maintained that the relevant investigative bodies required urgent interpretation of Chapter 6 of the Constitution on Leadership and Integrity while clearing the candidates hence decision to place the matter before the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Courts Deputy Registrar Ann Asuga directed  lawyer Mungai to provide copies of the application within 14 days to the Attorney General, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Director of Public Prosecutions, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Auditor-General and 12 political parties named as interested parties.

The matter will be mentioned on June 21, 2017.

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