The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Uhuru, Dida, Raila, Muite Cleared As Matata Is Blocked

Four more presidential candidates including Cord's Raila Odinga and Jubilee Alliance's Uhuru Kenyatta were yesterday cleared by the the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

After being cleared to run for the presidency, Uhuru sought to reassure Kenyans that his election will not invite sanctions against Kenya over the crimes against humanity charges that he and his running mate, William Ruto are facing at the International Criminal Court.

He said it was not the United Nations Security Council that referred the Kenya case to the ICC and therefore there can be no sanctions imposed against Kenya.

"This case is not a case that has been referred to ICC by (UN) Security Council which imposes sanctions on nations. This is a self-referral case. So as far as I am concerned the issue of sanctions does not come to light," said Uhuru who was accompanied by his wife Margaret and other party officials.

Uhuru said he will respond to allegations about the land he and his family own when he launches the Jubilee Alliance manifesto on Sunday.

Uhuru was followed in submitting his papers by former Lenana School teacher Mohammed Abduba Dida who has been nominated by the Alliance for Real Change.

Dida, who has Joshua Odongo Onono as his running mate, was proposed by Peter Mulomo and seconded by Esther Ali Ibrahim.

Dida said he had decided to join the race as Kenyans had become frustrated by successive leaders who ran the country as dynasties and did not understand the problems of ordinary Kenyans.

Raila and his running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka were third to appear before the IEBC chairman Issack, who is the ODM leader, was the third candidate to be cleared by IEBC chairman Isaack Hassan.

Raila was accompanied by among others his wife Ida, and was proposed by ODM chairman Henry Kosgey and seconded by the party secretary general Peter Anyang Nyongo.

Senior Counsel Paul Muite of Safina and his running mate, Shem Ochuodho as his running mate were the last to be cleared by the IEBC.

Muite urged all the candidates to conduct peaceful campaigns and to be ready to accept the outcome once Kenyans vote on March 4.

He also urged Kenyans to respect the lives and property of others and not take the law into their own hands. "Those who are aggrieved can go to court. We now have a reformed judiciary which is capable of resolving any dispute," he said.

The IEBC disqualified Party of Democratic Unity (PDU) presidential candidate Chris Matata Musyoka who had not appeared to present his papers by the 5 pm deadline.The self-declared pilot of the New Jumbo Jet Dreamliner or Kenya who last year launched his Jumbo Jet 7.8.7 manifesto is said to be a financial advisor who has worked with several international organizations before returning home to start his own firm.

With his disqualification, Kenyans' choice of president remains eight-- Narc-Kenya's Martha Karua, Kenya National Congress' Peter Kenneth, Amani coalition's Musalia Mudavadi and Restore and Build Kenya's James ole Kiyiapi who were issued with their certificates on Tuesday and those who received theirs yesterday.

Raila challenged the IEBC to conduct credible polls. "We are coming from a background of a disappointment," he said and urged his supporters to be peaceful. "May the best candidate win," said Raila.

Before presenting his papers, Raila had to have his degree certificate awarded by a foreign country authenticated by the Commission of Higher Education.

The commission authenticated the degree certificate on January 17,the same day the PM wrote asking about his academic papers awarded by the Faculty of Metal Processing engineering pg of the Otto Von Guericle Technical University Magdeburg in Germany on August 20,1969 .

The commission also authenticated his Masters of Science degree in mechanical engineering awarded by the same institute.

Raila's critics have been demanding that he release to the public his post-secondary school education certificates with some claiming that he did not attend any.

They have also been demanding that he prove he once lectured at the University of Nairobi's mechanical engineering department.

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