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Petition filed to bar Wajackoyah from vying over ‘Mental Soundness’

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By Judith Gicobi

A petitioner has now filed a court case to prevent George Wajakcoyah, the presidential candidate for the Roots party, from running in the August elections.

Bernard Okello Odero, the petitioner, criticized Wajackoyah’s manifesto, claiming it was against the law and improper for the president to conduct himself in such a way.

Odero noted that Wajackoya’s behavior called into question whether or not he was mentally sound and questioned why the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) did not reaffirm this.

“That the 2nd respondent be hereby compelled to conduct compulsory mental assessment test to the presidential candidates and at all times during the elections,” read the petition.

The Wajackoyah 10-point manifesto, which was unveiled last month, also raised alarm from the petitioners, who argued that its implementation would be against the law.

He specifically voiced his concerns about Wajackoyah’s promise to hang the corrupt, which he stated violated human rights.

“This contravenes the constitutional provision of the right to life and freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment contrary to the international obligation of Kenya as ratified in various human rights treaties,” reads the petition.

The reasons for the petition to bar the Roots presidential candidate include that Wajackoyah has dual citizenship and is married to an American citizen who has never changed nationalities or gained Kenyan citizenship.

“His children were all born in America and live in the United Kingdom where they are now citizens hence putting the allegiance of the 1st respondent as a requisite for vying for the position of the president in question as required under the constitution.” the documents further read.

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In the past, Wajackoyah has rebuffed people who questioned his Kenyan citizenship by stating that he has never changed his nationality.

Wajackoyah advised people making the accusations to check his citizenship information online rather than writing to the British Embassy, saying that doing so would be “wasting their time.”

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