Garissa Governor Nathif Jama whose name appears in the ‘list of shame’ presented to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has dared the electoral body to bar him from defending his seat.
Nathif claimed that the EACC is being used by his opponents to ruin his political career.
The commission has published 106 names of candidates for various elective positions who have integrity issues which if proved could see them being barred from contesting in the August 8 polls.
The EACC report was sponsored by politicians in the national government who wanted to soil the track records of some governors in order to earn political mileage, he said.
It has come to my attention that EACC has given a document to IEBC with my name claiming that I have got issues with integrity. They are playing politics because 3 weeks ago I got my letter of clearance from the same agency, he added.
Talking to KNA on phone from Modogashe town today where he has taken his campaign, Nathif hit out at the anti-graft agency saying ‘his opponents are using it to discredit me’.
Nathif has a pending case at a Garissa court where he is accused of abuse of office, willful failure to comply with procurement procedures in leasing ambulances at a cost of Shs 70 million from E-plus, a subsidiary of Kenya Red Cross.
The governor said that the commission was trying to play politics with issues of integrity in order to lock out certain politicians adding that ‘the rule of law must prevail including one being presumed innocent until proven guilty’.
The EACC report consists of 16 governors, 4 senators, and 3 woman representative candidates who are among the 106 whose fate still hangs in the balance as the IEBC moves to enforce the Chapter 6 requirements on leadership and integrity.
The report also has 25 MP candidates, 37 MCAs either under investigation, having pending cases or having been convicted.
But some politicians whose names are in the list have accused EACC of being used by their opponents to drive a nefarious agenda.
Source: Kenya News Agency