Radio presenter Maina Kageni’s annunciation Wednesday that he will be on the ballot on August 8 for the position of Nairobi Woman Representative, took social media by surprise.
Kageni, in a two-minute video clip, shared extensively on social media, tells Jubilee Party’s Rachel Shebesh and ODM’s Esther Passaris to brace themselves for a bruising battle in the forthcoming general election.
In the video, Kageni goes ahead to show what looks like clearance certificates by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to run for the position of Woman Rep.
Kageni claims that his symbol on the ballot paper on August 8 will be a hair weave, which is black in colour, and that voters interested in electing him should look out for the symbol on the ballot paper on the polling day.
eDaily, however, understands Maina Kageni cannot be cleared by the IEBC to run for Woman Representative seat, given his gender.
According to article 97 of the Constitution of Kenya, the elective position of Woman Rep is a preserve for female candidates – and that the IEBC cannot clear men to vie for that post, and if it does, the electoral referee will be in breach of the Constitution.
Article 97 of the Constitution on Membership of the National Assembly says, in part: “The National Assembly consists of two hundred and ninety members, each elected by the registered voters of single member constituencies; forty-seven women, each county constituting a single member constituency…”
Editor’s note: That leaves us speculating that Maina Kageni’s video was probably an advertisement for the hair weave manufacturer or a media production company that shot Kageni’s”annunciation”; or a video clip done to re-emphasise Kageni’s self-proclaimed reference – the representative of women on Classic 105 FM’s breakfast show, which he hosts alongside Mwalimu King’ang’i.