ASPIRANTS SHOULD NOT HOLD PUBLIC OFFICE, OMTATAH

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Corrupt officials should not vie for political positions, hence activist Okiya Omtatah has filed a case at the High Court against them.

The case filed against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), stops persons without integrity from vying. He is especially targeting business persons implicated in the Covid-19 supplies scandal, stating that IEBC should not allow them to contest.

“The IEBC will be able to vet aspirants for political office to ensure that they satisfy any moral and ethical requirements prescribed by the Constitution or by an Act of Parliament,” the Court papers state.

He mentioned that the law as it is currently allows corrupt officials to vie, giving an example of the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC)’s arrest of a corrupt Kenyan who was nominated for a parliamentary seat in March 2021.

In May 2021, the said contestant won the election, even despite a corruption charge in 2021. With this in mind, Mr. Omtatah speaking for the public, said that the likes of Covid-19 billionaires, are lining up to vie in the August 9 yet this should not be the case.

Omtatah said that vying for public office with a tainted past is a threat to Kenya’s constitution and detrimental to the country’s good governance and the war against corruption.

The activist’s sentiments align with the government’s fight against corruption, a war that has been fought relentlessly by ridding the economy of corruption from a multi-faceted aspect of the multi-agency framework.

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