Nairobi governor aspirant Miguna Miguna on Thursday morning (June 1) caused a stir at the Kasarani Indoor Arena, where he had gone to seek clearance from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to run for elective seat on August 8 as an independent candidate.
A furious Miguna Miguna walked away from the IEBC officers’ desk, when he was told to present the needed 500 signatures from Kenyan voters, who do not belong to any political party, in an excel sheet and not in JPEG format.
Miguna also walked away, when he was stopped for an interview by Citizen Television’s Sam Ogina. He would later come back to the interview set.
“There is Miguna walking away. He had been told to have his signatures rectified in an acceptable format. He brought the signatures in JPEG format, but the IEBC wanted them in an excel sheet for easier scrutiny,” Citizen TV’s Sam Ogina reported.
Upon returning to the interview set, Miguna Miguna said that the decision to have him and other gubernatorial hopefuls present signatures on an excel sheet and not JPEG format was an afterthought that had not been communicated to him earlier.
“IEBC’s demand to have the signatures presented on an excel sheet is not a requirement by law. They had not said that before. They said they had been called by their legal department to require that that is done today (June 1). So, I have told them I am doing that right now,” said Miguna.
“So, the fake news that you guys (media) keep on pumping Kenyans with – that Miguna has been blocked from vying by the IEBC, that is completely false. I have more than 5, 000 names, not the required 500, but you will never report that because your agenda is to promote the interests of the thieves, the crooks and the drug dealers.
“You have been paid by the drug dealers to perpetuate the spirit of impunity in Kenya,” a visibly angry Miguna Miguna said, while Sam Ogina tried to interject with a statement: “With all due respect Mr Miguna…”, but the Nairobi governor hopeful would not allow him to speak, insisting: “You have to listen to me”.
Miguna went on to say: “Your (media’s) agenda will not succeed because you are working for crooks and a time has come when the brown envelope journalism will come to an end. I am here in Kenya to put it to an end. I am here to tell you that you will not sabotage Miguna.”
When questioned why he presented a different running mate besides the 24-year-old university student, James Gathungu, he had unveiled on May 13, Miguna said: “I have a choice to pick whoever I want as a running mate. Until I am fully compliant, you will be able to report who my running mate is. Peter Kenneth changed his running mate, have you raised questions about that? I am allowed to choose my running mate when I want to choose one. Whoever the running mate I have unveiled to Kenyans is the running mate.”
Miguna Miguna would later head back to the IEBC desk, where he was attended to.
Miguna Miguna, who will run for Niarobi governor as an independent candidate, will face off with Jubilee Party’s Mike Sonko and ODM’s Evans Kidero on August 8 general election.