Lawyer Apollo Mboya today petitioned the High Court to block the Jubilee Administration from seeking re-election through political campaigns by misusing public resources to show-case its four-year development achievements.
The former Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Secretary claimed the Government and its agents were engaging in criminal activities by violating Section 14 of the Election Offences Act that outlaws self-serving and partisan advertising during the election period.
Mboya charged that some influential bloggers and renowned commentators on social media-who enjoy substantial sway with the electorate- had already observed misleading misrepresentations regarding projects articulated on the government delivery portal that was launched on April 10 by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He said the electioneering period started on March 17 when the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, published notices in the official Kenya Gazette declaring the August 7 General Election for President, Governors, Senators, Members of Parliament, Women Representatives and Members of County Assemblies. The period will end once the national elections agency announces and publishes names of the winners.
Mboya recalled having written to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, protesting that the Government and its agents were involved in electoral malpractice. He had given him seven days to take action and threatened to undertake private prosecutions against the unnamed culprits.