The High Court rejected a request from activists and the anti-corruption body to bar 241 candidates under integrity investigations from running in the upcoming general election.
In an effort to prevent tainted people from going to the polls, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), activists, and the Director of Public Prosecutions banded together against the electoral agency.
They requested that the court rule that candidates for elected office should not be permitted to run if they have open criminal or corruption cases, are impeached public officials, or have a doubtful integrity.
Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko, former Kiambu County government Sports executive Karungo Thang’wa, and Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama were among those mentioned in the lawsuit.
Others were candidates for the positions of governor, senator, MP, and ward representative who were recently flagged by the EACC over claims of corruption and economic crimes and were asked to be disqualified from the elections.
The petitioners had not used up all of the legal remedies for alternative dispute resolution, the court claimed, thus it was unable to approve the requests.