The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Othaya Voters File Case to Block Wambui

Businesslady Mary Wambui's ambition to succeed President Kibaki as the Othaya MP has run into its first political headwind -- the integrity test.

Four Othaya voters, who yesterday moved to court to stop her bid for the seat, say she is not fit to hold public office because her "integrity is wanting".

They say Wambui, who has bestrode the Kenyan political landscape as "Nyeri Narc Activist" will for the seat on a TNA ticket, has adversely been mentioned in two reports -- the Waki report on the 2007/08 post-election violence and the Artur brothers.

The Armenians Artur Margaryan and Artur Sargasyan led the raid on the Standard Group media on March 2, 2006. The voters, Micheal Nderitu, Silvester Muriithi, Daniel Karinga and Kiambati Kihumba, want the court to stop the Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta-led TNA from nominating her as a candidate.

They have are seeking orders to compel the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko and Attorney General Githu Muigai to investigate and make public findings on her alleged role in the 2007/08 post-election violence and activities of the Artur brothers.

The brothers were deported from Kenya before an arrest order was effected. In a cable to his bosses in Washington and which was revealed by the whistleblower website Wikileaks, the then US envoy William Bellamy said the Artur brothers had close links with powerful offices in government.

The cable, wired to Washington in March 2006, linked the Artur brothers to a drug trafficking syndicate, attempts to block revelations on grand corruption in government and the raid on the Standard Group offices.

Bellamy said the "hitmen" were brought into the country and protected by officials close to State House. The officials also used their connections to accord the brothers privileges, including one being bestowed the title of assistant Commissioner of police.

State House denied any connection with the Armenian brothers. Artur Sargasyan and Wambui's daughter Winnie Wangui announced that they were a couple and were expecting a baby.

Both the Waki commission and KNCHR conducted investigatons into the post-election violence which saw more than 1,000 Kenyans killed and more than 500,000 uprooted from their homes.

The two reports which were handed over to President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga contained names of people who bore the greatest responsibility for the violence.

The Hague trials of Eldoret North MP William Ruto, former Public Service head Francis Muthaura, radio journalist Joshua Sang and Uhuru arose out of the Waki report.

The voters says Wambui, who they claim does not the qualifications to be a MP because she never attended high school.

Wambui first sat for her Certificate of Primary Education in 1966 at Munyange Primary School and scored B-, C and C- in English, Mathematics and General Paper respectively.

She re-sat the exam in 1967 at Nanyuki DEB primary school and managed a score of B+, C- and D- in English, Mathematics and General Paper respectively.

They say Wambui never proceeded to high school, but instead opted to take up a job as an untrained teacher at Mukimo Primary school in Laikipia for a year.

"To the best of our knowledge, she does not possess the equivalent of an 'O' level educational certificate or other educational certificate as would enable her to meet the educational threshold required of a person offering themselves for elective office," they say in their affidavit.

The voters want the case expedited before the general election. They Wambui should demonstrate that she has the educational, moral and ethical requirements for her to hold the MP's position. The case will be heard on Monday.

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