ASSEMBLY DRAMA

Man strips down to briefs protesting wife's deregistration as ODM nominated MCA

In Summary

• The wife, Eve Malenya was deregistered from the IEBC nomination list last year following a flawed nomination by ODM in 2017.

• The man identified as Job Oduor was allegedly tipped that  Perpetua Mponjiwa was set to be sworn in at the assembly to replace his wife.

Drama was witnessed outside the Nairobi assembly on Thursday after a man stripped down to his inner wear protesting his wife’s deregistration as a nominated MCA following a flawed nomination by ODM in the 2017 general election. See more: https://bit.ly/38ouxQJ

Drama was witnessed outside the Nairobi assembly on Thursday after a man stripped down to his inner wear protesting his wife’s deregistration as a nominated MCA.

The wife, Eve Malenya was deregistered from the IEBC nomination list last year following a flawed nomination by ODM in 2017.

The man identified as Job Oduor was allegedly tipped that  Perpetua Mponjiwa was set to be sworn in at the assembly to replace his wife.

“You cannot remove my wife from her position. I want my wife back in her position,” the man was heard shouting as he tried to access the assembly.

Last year in April, Malenya had sought court orders to stop the swearing-in of Mponjiwa, who had been fronted by the party to replace her.

Malenya said she was the right person for nomination as MCA.

She wants the court to suspend the April 5, 2019 Gazette notice on Mponjiwa's swearing-in, arguing it is illegal.

“It is apparent that Mponjiwa has been gazetted as the ODM nominee under the gender top-up category, yet ODM never forwarded her name in its final list,” read the court documents.

She stated that Mponjiwa ran as an independent candidate in the 2017 General Election and was ineligible to be nominated or elected under the ODM party list.

Malenya added ODM and the Political Parties Dispute Resolution Tribunal invited parties to present their claims before the party tribunal.

“The IEBC Dispute Resolution Committee ordered ODM to review its list for the Nairobi county assembly.”

She said ODM reviewed its list and submitted a new list with the consequence that Mponjiwa's candidacy was rejected for failing to satisfy the criteria for nomination on account of abandoning the party and choosing to be an independent candidate.

Malenya said the decision to quit meant Mponjiwa was disloyal to the party.

“The swearing-in of Mponjiwa will render the entire Nairobi county assembly illegally constituted because she does not meet the criteria set out in Article 193(i)(c)(i) of the Constitution, as well as Section 25 of the Elections Act, to be nominated and elected as a Member of the Nairobi County Assembly,” the document reads.

Malenya says she applied to ODM for consideration for nomination under the Gender Top Up category of the county assembly and was one of the successful candidates presented for nomination.

However, up to date Perpetua has never taken an oath and been sworn-in.

None of the two women has been receiving remuneration for the last one year.

It is believed that Perpetua had gone to the assembly on Thursday, seeking to be sworn-in but chaos erupted and was allegedly chased away by a section of ODM MCAs