12 people want Supreme Court to stop Ruto, Gachagua’s swearing in if they win elections

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The Supreme Court building.

Twelve people have moved to court seeking to block UDA presidential aspirant William Ruto and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua from being sworn into office if they will be the winners of the August 9 General election.

The petitioners also want the Supreme Court to issue the direction that the petition be heard and determined by 26th August on grounds that the application is urgent as it relates to the general election scheduled to be held on 9th August 2022.

According to the petitioners, the validity of Gachagua nomination is subject matter of the petition and ought to be determined before the two are sworn into office.

“The petition seeks to safeguard and enforce the principles, values and objectives of the constitution including Chapter six therefore and its application to the eligibility of candidates for President and Deputy President.

The court heard that unless and until it has determined constitutionality of the registration and gazettement of Deputy President William Ruto and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua as candidate, it would amount to aiding and abetting illegality of the respondents are sworn into office in the event that they get elected,” says the twelve.

Another petition has been filed at the High Court seeking to compel the IEBC and EACC to enquire whether Gachagua is fit to hold public office in the wake of graft charges.