Religious groups back ex-Mungiki leader for senate bid

A section of religious leaders on Wednesday threw their weight behind former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga in his bid to vie for the Laikipia senatorial seat.

The leaders also demanded that Mr Njenga should be cleared to vie for the seat arguing that he was a reformed person.

This comes after Jubilee Party rejected Mr Njenga’s nomination papers to vie in the August polls on the party’s ticket.

The leaders spoke in Nairobi under the caucus Federation of Indigenous and Evangelical Christian Churches of Kenya (FIECCK).

FIECCK secretary-general James Kamata said: “As a church we do believe we have an obligation to defend those whose justice is being denied. Many times we are called to arbitrate when injustice is being done,” said Mr Kamata.

They said that the Mr Njenga should be allowed to vie for as long as he meets the requirements set by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Mr Kamata argued that if there is any issue about Mr Njenga, then it should be taken to court.

Kenya, they said, is a democratic country arguing that denying Mr Njenga from vying is denying the people of Laikipia their democratic rights to elect a representative of their choice.

“When a person denies the people of Laikipia their democratic rights to choose the leader of their choice, it is against the constitutional rights of both the person vying and the people and we will not seat by and watch it happen,” said Mr Kamata.

Mr Njenga will appear before Political Parties Dispute Tribunal on Thursday after he filed a petition against Jubilee party.

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