IEBC locks Kalonzo out of presidential race

In the list of 16 candidates shortlisted for the presidency, Kalonzo's name was missing

In Summary

•In the list of 16 candidates shortlisted for the presidency, Kalonzo's name was missing.

•ODM leader Raila Odinga who is running on the Azimio Coalition party ticket and Deputy President William Ruto of UDA are among those shortlisted.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka on April 15, 2022.
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka on April 15, 2022.
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has locked out Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka in the 2022 presidential race.

In the list of 16 candidates shortlisted for the presidency by the IEBC, Kalonzo's name is missing.

ODM leader Raila Odinga who is running on the Azimio Coalition party ticket and Deputy President William Ruto of UDA are among those shortlisted.

The two leaders are billed as frontrunners in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Of the 16 shortlisted, 8 are vying on political parties' tickets while the other 8 are seeking the top seat as independent candidates.

Those vying on political parties' tickets include Murang'a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria ( Usawa Kwa Wote Party), George Wajackoya (Roots Party), Ekuru Aukot (Thirdway Alliance), Jimi Wanjigi (Safina Party) Njeru Kathangu (Ford Asili) and David Mwaura Wahiga (Agano Party).

Those shortlisted as Independents are Gibson Ngaruiya Ng'ang'a, Dorothy Kemunto Nyangori, Peter Mubiko King'ori, Jeremiah Nyaga, Jane Juliet Munyoki, Faith Wairimu Ngigi, Eliud Muthiora Kariara and George Munyotta Kamau.

Initially, 37 candidates had expressed interest to vie as independents.

The shortlisted candidates will still undergo vetting by IEBC before being cleared to officially vie.

IEBC has set May 29 to June 6 as days when presidential candidates will present their nominations papers, be vetted and finally be cleared or blocked from vying.

Ruto will present his papers on June 4 while Raila will do so on June 6.

IEBC will release the schedule for the rest of the candidates, on when they will submit their papers, on Friday.