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Sonko axed from Mombasa gubernatorial race

[Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko. Photo/courtesy].

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has barred impeached leaders from contesting in the August, 9 polls.

The Commission says there is need to respect and abide with Article 75 (3) of the constitution.

The Electoral body Chairperson Wafula Chebukati on Saturday disqualified former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, former Kiambu Chief Executive Committee Member for Youth Karungo wa Thang’wa and Mkala Chitavi, former Chief Executive Officer who served Malindi Water and Sewerage Company Ltd (MAWASCO).

Mkalla is also eyeing the Mombasa Governor seat.

“The disqualification is applicable to persons dismissed for contravening the provisions of Article 76, 77 or 78 (2) of the Constitution,” Mr Chebukati reiterated.

The three were bounded out of office over integrity issues and according to IEBC they are not qualifies for any public office.

According to Chebukati, Sonko was removed from office for abuse of public office.

“Article 75(3) provides that: A person who has been dismissed or otherwise removed from office for a contravention of the provisions specified in clause (2) is disqualified from holding any other State office,” disclosed Chebukati.

The IEBC Chairperson however, explained that those with active cases in court will be presumed innocent until all active appeals are concluded.

He said a similar presumption of innocence will apply to those being investigated as listed by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.