NAIROBI, Kenya, May 22- A Non-Governmental Organisation, Angaza Empowerment Network, has filed a case in court to block the nomination of Kennedy Musyoka to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Parliament, citing nepotism and breach of gender rule by the Wiper Party.
According to the organisation, ODM, Wiper Party and Ford Kenya forwarded four names to parliament—including that of former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s without undertaking consultations.
“Article 38 of the Constitution provides that every citizen as a right to free and fair elections based on free expression of the will of the electors. The list submitted by the 3rd, 4th and 5th Respondents are in breach of Article 38,” reads the petition. The parties are listed as respondents in the suit filed Monday.
“The list does not afford the electors (Members of Parliament) with an opportunity to express their free will. Instead, it reduces the electors to be mere rubber stamps as they have no option but to pass the list as presented,” the petitioner argues.
They also argue that the process of picking the four candidates was not open and transparent, despite being a requirement of the constitution.
Besides Kennedy Kalonzo, the opposition has nominated Abubakar Zein Abubakar, Judith Ramaitha Pareno and Ronald Kipng’etich for the regional assembly.
On Sharing and inclusiveness, they argued that the lists presented by the parties, “is too narrow and locks out other candidates yet the law allows them to present a broader list.”
Kenya has nine slots in EALA whose total membership is 52.
Of those, Jubilee coalition has five slots while the CORD Coalition, which has since been renamed NASA has four.
The NGO also want the opposition to be obligated to send 12 names to the National Assembly, from which 4 people will be picked.
Jubilee leaders have also vowed to block the nomination of Kalonzo’s son.