Second-term governors intending to contest other elective seats after leaving office in 2022 are facing a three-pronged block that threatens to throw their plans into disarray.
A court ruled that governors intending to run for any seat should resign six months to the polls. Senators are pushing to amend the Constitution, while an Act of Parliament seeks to bar them.
A senator has set in motion an amendment to the Constitution to block the governors from running for a political seat within five years of leaving office. Another is pushing changes to the Public Audit Act to stop those with serious audit queries from contesting.
Trans Nzoia Senator Michael Mbito, the sponsor, said the five-year lull would give investigative agencies time to ‘look into their past and tenure as governors’.
Narok Senator Ledama Olekina has drafted amendments to the Public Audit Act to lock out any governor with extreme audit queries from vying.
Last week, Justice Weldon Korir pulled a shocker with his ruling that MCAs, governors or their deputies must resign six months to the 2022 General Election if they intend to run for other seats.