Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga on Thursday got a reprieve after the electoral agency confirmed his candidacy for the Homa Bay governor’s seat.
Mr Magwanga’s name had been omitted from the list of aspirants gazetted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), causing anxiety among his supporters.
This prompted the MP to petition the poll body through his lawyers, Andrew Muma and Kanjama advocates.
On Thursday, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati in his response said the MP’s name as an Independent candidate for governor seat in Homa Bay appears in the list of aspirants.
“Mr Magwanga’s name as an Independent candidate for Homa Bay County gubernatorial seat appears in the list of aspirants, which shall be published as a corrigendum to the list of candidates in the Kenya Gazette.”
The MP had initially alleged foul play in the omission of his name and accused his opponents of planning to block him from contesting.
He will face off with incumbent Cyprian Awiti of Orange Democratic Movement in the August 8 elections.
Other candidates also in the race include Mr Tom Alila (Jubilee party) and Mr Luke Misama (Independent).