Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata has suffered a setback after Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declined to clear him for the governor’s post, noting his running mate did not resign from government on time.
According to the electoral body, Winnie Mwangi had failed to quit within the required deadlines, and he was forced to retire.
State officers seeking elective positions must resign six months before the election, according to the Elections Act.
State officers were required to resign by February 9, 2022, as part of the August 9 General Election.
Mwangi had been a lecturer at the University of Nairobi for almost 25 years when Kang’ata chose her as his running mate.
However, Kang’ata read venom into the judgment and blamed his rivals, who he claimed had banded together against him in an attempt to prevent him from running for governor.
The senator notes he is headed to court: “We have evidence that she resigned on time, and we will be coming back tomorrow to prove it,”