NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 19 – Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka and a Member of Parliament are among 14 candidates summoned by the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission’s Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee in ongoing cases of alleged breach of the law in campaigns.
In a statement, the electoral body Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said the 14 candidates are required to appear before the committee on Wednesday at 10 am, at the Commission’s headquarters to respond to allegations facing them.
“The Committee has given directions and summoned the parties to the seven cases (Complainants and the Accused persons) to appear before it for hearing.”
Lusaka is required to appear alongside his competitor Wyclyffe Wamangati over the violence that rocked the area two weeks ago leaving one person dead.
The woman was killed by a stray bullet during the scuffle.
Lusaka is vying on a Jubilee ticket while his competitor is vying on an Orange Democratic Movement ticket.
Others summoned are Kibwezi East MP Jesica Mbalu and her competitor Philip Kaloki, Steve Mbogo and his competitor in Starehe Thomas Makori as well as Netto Adhola and his competitor Erick Onyango of Rarieda.
Other summoned are aspiring MPs for Lang’ata constituency Kavore Kariuki and Nixon Korir, Kayole South Ward aspirants Benson Ong’onge and Fredrick Okeyo including Mountain View Ward aspirants Raphael Musyoki and Peris Ayuma.
Chebukati has cautioned the more than 14,000 candidates to observe the set code of conduct, saying they will not hesitate to take appropriate action against those found culpable.
“All candidates and political parties are reminded that they are bound by the Electoral Code of Conduct that they executed,” he said.
“The Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee will continue to monitor the conduct of campaigns across the Country and will not hesitate to take appropriate action against anyone found culpable.”