Orengo Chaired Committee That Formulated Laws Used In Mariga’s Clearance – Murkomen

Siaya Senator James Orengo together with his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen. [Courtesy]

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba has lashed out at his colleagues from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) who have expressed their displeasure over the clearance of McDonald Mariga to vie in the upcoming Kibra Polls.

Following the clearance of Mr Mariga by the IEBC Elections Tribunal, a number of legislators came out to condemn the tribunal for allowing the former footballer to contest for the seat.

Taking to social media, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, among other leaders, faulted the decision by the IEBC to clear Mariga, who had been barred from contesting for the seat on grounds that his name was not found in the voter’s register.

Read: Mariga, Imran Ready To Face Off As Parties Issue Kibra Nomination Certificates

The tribunal headed by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and Commissioners Boya Molu and Prof. Abdi Guliye ruled that the Jubilee candidate was duly registered as a voter.

In defense of the IEBC team, Murkomen revealed that the laws that were used to clear Mariga for the elections were formulated in 2016 by a committee chaired by Siaya Senator James Orengo alongside Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi.

He tweeted: “After 2016 NASA protests. The committee was formed chaired by Orengo and Kiraitu. I was a member. We changed election laws to make it easy to register voters and reverse Kethi Kilonzo case.

Read also: McDonald Mariga Disqualified From Kibra By-election As His Name Misses From Voter Register

“We segregated registers and Introduced electronic registers.ODM are crying because it’s benefited Mariga. Appalling,” he added.

What has puzzled many is the ruling that favored Mariga, who is not a registered voter in Kibra constituency, as he is claimed to have registered in Starehe constituency. Furthermore, he will not be able to vote for himself despite asking Kibra constituents to throw in their weight for him.

Whereas Kenyans are questioning how different Mariga’s case is from that of Kethi Kilonzo in 2013 when she wanted to succeed her father, the late Senator Mutula Kilonzo, Murkomen is haste to note that the laws that have favored Mariga were formulated after her incident.

In 2013, IEBC’s tribunal revoked Kethi Kilonzo’s nomination certificate on the grounds that she was not a registered voter anywhere in the country.

Read also:  IEBC Tribunal Clears Jubilee’s Mariga To Contest For Kibra By-election

Despite wanting to vie in Makueni, Kethi claimed to be a registered voter in Langáta constituency producing a voter slip which according to her she obtained it after registering with an old passport and a copy of her ID.

At the time, the tribunal ruled: “The candidate’s name does not appear in the electoral commission’s registers or in the green book which is the primary data entry. We find that she was irregularly issued with the nomination certificate and direct that it be revoked.”

In his ruling, Chebukati mentioned: “The complainant is duly registered as a voter. The respondent’s decision of September 10, 2019, declining the nomination of the complainant on account that he was not registered as a voter is hereby set aside.”

Chebukati then directed Kibra constituency Returning Officer Beatrice Muli to process Mariga’s application ahead of the mini-polls.

Read also:  Khalwale Criticized For Claiming Mariga Unfairly Locked Out Of Kibra Race

“The respondent is hereby ordered to process the complainant’s application for nomination as the Jubilee Party’s candidate for the Kibra constituency by-election slated for Nov 7, 2019, in accordance with the law. Each party shall bear their own costs, ” Chebukati stated.

Otiende Amollo had taken to Twitter calling for an overhaul of the IEBC noting, “Listening to the Pontifications & Prevarications Of The IEBC Commissioners; It is clear to me, more than before, that we must Sweep the Commission Clean at the Top Levels!”

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