By Njeri Irungu
Safina party presidential flagbearer Jimi Wanjigi has today been disqualified by IEBC from contesting the presidency Over his academic qualifications and lack of signatures in 24/25 counties.
The Nairobi businessman had offered a letter showing that he had cleared his coursework and was set to graduate in December this year after presenting his academic transcript but IEBC could hear none of it.
Wanjigi took it out with IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati whom he accused of being part of a system that wanted him locked out of the ballot. He promised to take up the matter in court.
“I want to categorically state here that there is a plot and there are people who do not want to see others on the ballot, and you will not get away with it Mr Chairman. This is a country of laws, it is a country that we adhere with the constitution,” said Mr. Wanjigi
Following his declaration, IEBC staff switched off Wanjigi’s microphone and asked him to exit the clearance hall and make his statements elsewhere so as to allow other candidates to be cleared.
Once outside, Wanjigi’s running mate, Willis Otieno – who also doubles up as his personal lawyer – made sensational claims that Jubilee was behind the so-called deep state system which was targeting Wanjigi. The lawyer added that there was no legal basis for his presidential candidate’s disqualification.
“There is no legal basis upon which the Chairman can reject our application. It is very clear that Jubilee is trying to mutate itself into Azimio and Kenya Kwanza and continue controlling this country for the next five years.
“Jubilee is still trying to stifle our voices. In 2017, the Supreme Court stopped them but this time.