Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has suffered a blow after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), announced that impeached state officers cannot vie for any public office as they do meet the requirements in Chapter six of the Kenyan Constitution.
According to EACC, a person is barred from vying for public office if he/she is found, in accordance with any law, to have misused or abused a state or public office or in any way to have contravened Chapter 6 as contemplated under Articles 99(2)(h) and 193(2)(g).
“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.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the finding contemplated in these clauses includes the finding of a court of law and any other competent agency mandated to interpret or apply the Constitution," EACC statement read in part.
The Commission announced that it will vet all persons contesting in the upcoming by-elections and issue a report to the IEBC.
Early this week, the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu cleared Waititu to run as an independent candidate in the Nairobi gubernatorial by-election set for February 18, 2021.
In January 2020, the Senate upheld the Kiambu County Assembly’s decision to impeach Waititu over claims of gross violation of the constitution, abuse of office and gross misconduct.