If we had applied the same flawed argument then Ruto who was facing serious criminal proceedings on Ngong forest land case..would have ineligible...or just pick any random kenyan or MP with criminal cases..and you can easily knock out 800,000 folks still facing court cases.We have about 1M cases in the backlog.
Obviously that is balooney because all i need to bar you from running is to bribe Tobiko to bring triumphed charges (treason? is that serious? several counts of murder).
Nothing for instance stop Tobiko from going to court and charging Raila for criminal negligence or deliberate to kill Mau squatters...majority of whom continue to die as they are pounded by heavy rains on the roads the GOK dumped them on.
It amazing that people who have supposedly fought for democracy fear democracy so much; they would want somebody to be blocked.
And well i thought Raila was so popular of course deep down you know if these guys ran; Raila has no chance; If they do not ran; you think Mudavadi or Kalonzo are weaker...and Raila somehow has a chance.
There isn't a chance for Raila; if Ruto dies of whatever causes today; Kalenjin will NOT elect Raila; Ditto Kikuyus. In the end democracy must and has to prevail.
Kichwa Mbaya wrote:Pundit, you are hyperventilating. The constitution is the highest law of the land and not politics. The constitution sets the standard of the rules of political engagement. The constitution has set the eligibility requirements for those who wish to vie for elective office. One has to meet the requirements before one can be accorded the privilege of having their name on the ballot box. One can therefore be very popular but unless one meets the eligibility requirements then one cannot have their names placed on the ballot. Integrity is just one of such requirements. Other requirements include, age, citizenship, residency requirements, fees, etc. If one does not meet any of these requirements, then one is barred by the constitution from contesting. You can therefore have a very popular 20 year old who would be a shoe-in if his name were to be on the ballot but is constitutionally barred from running. Similarly you can have a very popular Uhuruto but are constitutionally barred from running because of their integrity is besmirched by the ICC trial. I understand how frustrating this maybe to you, but the law is the law my brada. If you can get a woman to make a credible allegation that Raila raped her and the prosecutor gathers enough evidence to send the case to trial then Raila would also be barred from running based on my reading of the law. The prosecutor or the accusers are not above the law and if they maliciously brings a rape case just to bar Raila from running then they would also be held criminally punishable by purjery laws and other laws against malicious prosecution. In the US and I believe in Kenya too, if the prosecutor is found to have brought a case with malicious intent, the penalty is pretty dire and I do not believe Tobiko will risk his neck for Uhuru. However, if there is a credible case of rape and murder or rape against Raila then he too should not run.