Mombasa governor aspirant Mike Mbuvi Sonko will have a date with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on June, 7 for clearance.
Sonko’s candidature has been marred with intrigues after Chief Justice Martha Koome stated that Sonko remains impeached and does not qualify to vie for any elective post in the August, 9, general elections.
In recent remarks, the CJ noted that politicians have been interpreting the laws the way they want to suit their selfish gains.
CJ Koome’s sentiments were backed by the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak who said politicians with pending court cases should be barred from vying for any electives posts.
In the race
However, while addressing Mombasa residents in Shanzu recently, Sonko said he will be in the ballot come August, 9.
According to Sonko, it is his constitutional right to vie for any elective post in the country and further accused the judiciary for discussing his pending court issues in public.
“I know they have ganged up against my Mombasa gubernatorial candidature but let me assure you that we will be in the ballot come August, 9, during the general elections,” Sonko made the remarks together with his running mate and Kisauni Member of Parliament Ali Mbogo.
The Mombasa gubernatorial hopeful exuded hopes that IEBC will finally clear him and allow him to vie for the top county seat.
“Because they have sensed defeat, they are using the judiciary to block my mission of working with Mombasa residents so as to achieve our development agenda, we will sail through all these obstacles,” he noted.
On his part, his running mate Ali Mbogo, appealed for calmness among their supporters as the wiper gubernatorial aspirants is strategising on how to clinch the Mombasa governors’ seat.
Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Mombasa County Manager Swalha Ibrahim Yusuf said the commission is carrying on well with the preparations of the August, 9, general election.
She said registration of the candidates vying for various elective posts will begin on May, 29 and will run until June, 7.
“We are engaging with the aspirants so that we guide them on what is needed for them to sail through to the ballot,” she said.
Mombasa county gubernatorial race has attracted a total of nine candidates.
Independent candidate Daniel Munga Kitsao will be the first to meet the IEBC on June, 4, then (UDA’s) Hassan Omar, William Kingi (PAA) Hezron Awiti (VDP) Anthony Chitavi UDP, Said Abdalla (Usawa kwa Wote).
Others are Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir (ODM) who will meet the IEBC on June, 6, UPIA’s party candidate Shafi Makazi and then Wipers Mike Mbuvi Sonko will close the list of Mombasa governorship aspirants on June, 7.