Former Mungiki Leader Maina Njenga Challenges Jubilee and IEBC in Court After Rejecting his Nomination Papers for Laikipia Seat

  • Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga on Monday moved to court to challenge a decision by President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee Party blocking him from submitting his nomination papers for the Laikipia senatorial seat ahead of the party primaries.

    Mr Njenga also dragged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in the case for refusing to accept his papers.

    The ex-Mungiki leader insisted that it was unfair for the Jubilee Party to restrict him from vying yet he had already paid the nomination fee.

    "Having paid the amount, it is unfair for the respondents to reject my nomination papers without giving reasons," he said.

    Njenga wants the  Political Parties Disputes Tribunal to declare the decision null and void, highlighting that he was not given any reasons for the refusal.

    On Friday, Njenga was turned away by the electoral body when he presented his paper following strict orders allegedly issued by President Kenyatta.

    "The officers said they were acting under instructions from President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto. They said the two will call me," Njenga said.

    At the same time, the ex-Mungiki leader's brother Maina Njoroge noted that: “He [Maina Njenga] was told that there were instructions from the party leadership not to accept them [nomination papers]."

    "We think we have been denied," added Njoroge.

    However, Jubilee director for campaign communication Albert Memusi stated that Njenga was rejected due to integrity issues.

    "Many issues have been brought to our attention about him and as a matter of procedure, he must clear his name and satisfy us that he has nothing to do with the criminal gang," Memusi said.

    In August 2016, Mr Njenga declared his political ambition stating that he was ready to unseat the incumbent Senator GG Kariuki.

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