Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential running mate Rigathi Gachagua and Mombasa governorship hopeful Mike Sonko are among the leaders the National Integrity Alliance (NIA) has ‘red-carded’ from contesting in the August polls.
The leaders were announced on Sunday as part of this year’s NIA Red Card Campaign which aims to bar individuals with ‘questionable’ integrity from being elected into public office in the General Election.
Rigathi and Sonko join Kiringaga Governor Ann Waiguru, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, former Nairobi MP Evans Kidero, as well as Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi who have all been flagged.
“We have been closely monitoring key developments in regard to the enforcement of Chapter 6 of the Constitution on leadership and integrity. With the 9 th August 2022 general elections drawing closer, we note that various political formations have nominated candidates to vie for elective seats, and various individuals have also presented themselves to contest as independent candidates,” NIA said in a statement.
“Regrettably a number of these political aspirants have tainted integrity.”
NIA said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision (IEBC) should not clear Rigathi to run for the deputy president’s office because he is implicated in graft, resulting in action by the Assets and Recovery Authority freezing accounts with approx. Ksh. 200 million in unexplained assets.
They also cited his charges of Conspiracy to defraud County Government of Nyeri and fraudulent acquisition of public property.