High Court orders IEBC to re-look at presidential aspirant Reuben Kigame's papers

Reuben Kigame at Anniversary towers on May 30th, 2022 shortly after being barred from running for the presidency. [File, Standard]

High Court has ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to consider presidential aspirant Reuben Kigame’s credentials for clearance.

Kigame sued the electoral commission after he was locked out of the presidency race for failing to meet the requirements.

In a court ruling, Justice Anthony Mrima has established that IEBC violated Kigame's rights by locking him out of the presidential contest.

On the other hand, IEBC lawyer Moses Kipkogei says it is impossible for the commission to consider the gospel musician turned politician's papers.

He reiterated that the presidential election ballot papers had already been printed.

The Independent presidential aspirant Reuben Kigame moved to court seeking orders to bar IEBC from processing the papers of other presidential candidates.

Court documents showed that he wanted an order from the courts, compelling IEBC to accept the documents he submitted pending the hearing and determination of his Application.

"A conservatory order is issued barring the 1st & 2nd Respondent (IEBC and Wafula Chebukati) from processing the papers for the other Presidential candidates for the upcoming General Election on 9th August 2022 pending the hearing and determination of the Application,” petition filed by his lawyer Khaminwa read in part.

Moreover, the evangelist said his constitutional rights were violated by the Chebukati-led commission despite being a person living with a disability.