Reason why IEBC failed to clear Kang’ata for Murang’a governorship bid

Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata was denied a permit by the IEBC to run for governor of Murang’a after the IEBC found out that his running mate Winnie Mwangi had not resigned within the legal deadline.

According to the report, Ms Mwangi did not resign on February 9, in violation of the election law, which requires government officials seeking re-election to resign six months before the election.

Mwangi was a lecturer at the University of Nairobi for more than 25 years before being selected as Kang’ata’s running mate.

The EACC sent a letter to the IEBC stating that Mwangi had not resigned by February 9, as required by law.

On Monday, Kangata linked the case to a scandal, saying the rivals were united, and wrote a letter to the Registrar responding to Ms Mwangi’s resignation.

“All the other applicants wrote a letter to the Registrar through their lawyer challenging my permit,” Kangata said.

“They started making false allegations against my deputy, she is just a woman and she did nothing wrong,” she said.

According to Kangata, his camp has proof that his deputy resigned in time and the matter will be resolved in due course.