Inside plans to block corrupt leaders, officials from running for office

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Plans are currently underway by a section of legislators allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga to have leaders engaged in corruption plus those convicted or charged over the same not to vie for office next year.

The MPs have submitted various amendments in the leadership and integrity act of the constitution, to strengthen and make it more effective in 2022 elections, unlike in the previous two elections.

In a letter to Speaker of the National Assembly JB Muturi, the MPs want Chapter Six amended to suspended a state or public officer who has been formally charged with a corruption-related offense.

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”We wish to request your approval and facilitation of your office to enable me to come up with a bill or bills that meet the requirements of the Constitution, the Laws of Kenya and our Standing Orders,” one MP told a local publication.

Currently, a number of sitting governors, impeached ones, and a host of MPs with integrity issues are angling themselves to remain or return in office in 2022.

Governors Okotha Obado (charged with murder), Ali Korane ( Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi), Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), Moses Lenolkulal (Samburu), and Ali Korane (Garissa) are facing corruption charges in court.

Former governors Evans Kidero, Mike Sonko, and Ferdinand Waititu are said to be plotting a comeback despite being accused of embezzling hundreds of million in Nairobi and Kiambu counties.

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Lugari MP Ayub Savula, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua Kibwezi West’s Patrick Musimba and Embakasi North MP James Gakuya are among MPs charged with graft.

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