Previous Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has gotten a respite in his journey to succeed Mike Sonko as the following Nairobi Governor.
This is after the IEBC distributed his name among 12 free applicants trying to fight it out to assume responsibility at City Hall.
Waititu, notable as Babayao had before tested a choice by the discretionary commission banishing him from running in the Nairobi lead representative by-political decision.
Waititu faulted IEBC’s decision saying though he faces a corruption case, he has not been convicted of any offence and as such he has the right to vie for governor.
“As it stands, the applicant in this matter has not been convicted of any crime and has fully complied with all electoral guidelines provided when running for the aforementioned electoral position,” the court was told.
Waititu was impeached as governor of Kiambu county in 2020 but has since expressed interest in contesting for the Nairobi county seat in the forthcoming election, which has been suspended pending a case filed by Sonko.
The Nairobi office became vacant following the impeachment of Sonko.
Waititu’s political career seemed to have taken a wrong turn after EACC seemingly locked him out from holding any public office in the future.
In a statement last month, EACC said all persons offering themselves as independent candidates or seeking party nominations for election must meet the integrity threshold under Chapter 6 of the Constitution.
“The commission considers a person is disqualified from holding public office if the person has as been dismissed or otherwise removed from office for contravention of Chapter 6 of the Constitution or its enabling legislation, in accordance with Article 75(3) of the Constitution,” EACC said.