As the race to replace National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula enters top gear, a Bungoma resident has moved to court seeking to bar one of the contestants.
The under-fire candidate is former Wetang’ula Personal Assistant Mr Wafula Wakoli.
According to court papers seen by this author, the petitioner wants the Ford Kenya candidate in the Bungoma Senatorial race, Mr. Wafula Wakoli, barred over integrity issues and IEBC timeframes.
“We are aware Wafula Wakoli did not resign from the PA position, and therefore, drew his salary until September 2022,” the affidavit reads in part.
According to the IEBC policy, a civil servant should resign six months before election date, and therefore should the law apply, Mr. Wakoli will be expunged from the list of the eight candidates seeking to become the Second Senator of Bungoma County.
“The defendant (Wakoli) is yet to receive his gratuity, which means he is yet to clear with the Parliamentary Service Commission, PSC,” it further reads.
Further, the petioner whose name is withheld due to security reasons, claims Mr. Wakoli, at one time, drew salaries from the Teachers Service Commission, TSC and PSC at the same time contrary to the code of ethics.
“When he joined PSC as Wetang’ula’s PA, he was still working with TSC until when he was dismissed. He therefore fails the test of integrity,” argues the petitioner.
Wakoli is vying on Ford Kenya ticket, led by Mr. Wetang’ula.
Sources from within the political outfit intimate that Mr. Wetang’ula has blasted his right hand men “for sleeping on job”.
Should the petition be successful, Mr. Wakoli, who has taught at Bungoma High School as well as Bungoma Baptist Girls High School, will be ineligible to vie in the December 8th by election, rendering a big blow to the Ford Kenya party.