BY SAM ALFAN.
A lawyer has moved to court seeking to bar the electoral body from including Roots Party presidential candidate George Wajackoyah in the ballot papers for the presidential candidates ahead of the August 9 polls.
Lawyer Benard Okello is seeking a temporary suspension of Prof Wajackoyah from the presidential race, pending the determination of the petition.
He further wants the Roots Party presidential candidate, who has promised to legalise bhang and rear snakes, to undergo a mental assessment from a certified government examiner.
The lawyer also wants the court to direct Prof Wajackoyah, IEBC and British High Commission to provide information as to his citizenship status and to confirm whether he is eligible to contest.
“The IEBC be and is hereby ordered not cause to be printed the name of Prof Wajackoyah in the papers as a Presidential candidate and he be disqualified for running for the office of the President of the Republic of Kenya,” Okello further seeks.
He wants the court to direct Wajackoyah and all presidential candidates and other persons contesting for public offices to a compulsory mental assessment test by a government examiner to determine whether they are fit to run for public office.
“The Court be pleased to issue conservatory that the 1st Respondent be and is hereby ordered to stop any disbursement of public funds and or resources to the 1st respondent (Prof Wajackoya) for purposes of campaigning pending the inter Parties hearing and determination application and petition,” seeks Okello.
He wants IEBC to compel all presidential candidates and indeed all other candidates for public offices to compulsory mental assessment test and at all times during the elections have details of the said assessment printed and shared with the general public.
Okello argues that during some of his campaign rallies and television interviews, it emerged that Prof Wajackoyah had at one point acquired citizenship of the United Kingdom and or had according to him become a citizen of a commonwealth country who does not require leave to enter or remain in the UK.
He says his indefinite leave to remain in the UK bring to question his allegiance to Kenya as requirement for one to run for the office of the president and in his own words, the 1st Respondent had even at one become a member of parliament of Totten ham in United Kingdom.
Prof Wajackoyah has since denied he is a UK citizen.
Wajackoyah also revealed he lived in America as a Kenyan citizen and that his children were born in America and are currently residing in the UK as citizens and have never been in the country and will only visit when he is elected President.
Lawyer Okello adds that in his manifesto which was launched on June 30 Prof Wajackoyah made a ten-point agenda that are largely a threat to the constitution of Kenya and the rights enshrined therein.
He says Prof Wajackoyah has promised, if elected, he will legalize bhang, introduce snake farming, export dog meat, hang the corrupt, suspend the Constitution, shut down the Standard Gauge Railway, introduce four working days, move Kenya’s capital city to Isiolo, create eight states and deport all idle foreigners.