The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has declared 241 candidates seeking elective seats in the August 9 elections ineligible to run for office.
For graft-related grounds, EACC wants the group barred from participating in the August elections.
According to the anti-graft authority, the flagging is the result of the Commission’s integrity verification process, which involved 21,863 people seeking registration as candidates for various political positions.
“EACC considers these persons to have fallen short of the moral and ethical standards stipulated for election to public office. EACC hopes that IEBC will make appropriate decisions guided by Constitutional Values and public interest.”
In a letter to the IEBC, EACC wants 2 presidential aspirants and one presidential running mate denied clearance. 54 candidates had expressed interest in the presidency.
Usawa Kwa Wote Presidential aspirant Mwangi Wa Iria is among those EACC wants to locked out of the race.
“The Commission received and investigated allegations of obstructing EACC investigators and destruction of evidence when executing a search warrant. Investigations established that the Aspirant was culpable,” EACC said on Wa Iria unsuitability to vie.
Justus Zachous Onyango Juma who is seeking the presidency on Justice and Freedom Party ticket has also failed the EACC’s integrity test.
Republican Party Presidential running mate Matayo Jared Obwogi has also been red-carded by the EACC.
Former Nairobi Governors Evans Kidero and Mike Mbuvi Sonko and Kirinyaga county Governor Ann Waiguru are among the notable names blacklisted by EACC
Kidero is eyeing the Homa Bay governor seat while Sonko has thrown his hat in the ring for Mombasa’s.
Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki has also failed the EACC’ss integrity test.
A total of 61 governor and deputy governor candidates have also been fingered by the EACC.
EACC wants IEBC to block Migori Governor Okotha Obado (Migori), Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonka (Kisii), Paul Karungo Thangwa (Kiambu), Mbogo Lilian Muthoni Wanjiru (Embu), Chelumo Benjamin Kai and Mungata Danson Buya from vying.
Women Rep Aspirants
19 Women Reprsenatative aspirants featured in the EACC blacklist among them is Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Boss Shollei
The commission seeks to lock out a total of 58 aspirants seeking to be elected as Members of the national assembly.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojamong (Teso South), Kapseret MP Oscars Sudi, Sirisia MP John Waluke, Samuel Arama (Nakuru East), Governor Alfred Mutua Nganga (Mwala) and MP Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) are among the big names in the list.
A total of 93Member of county assembly aspirants across the country have been backlisted by EACC