The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has revoked the nomination certificate of Umoja Summit Party Presidential candidate Walter Mong’are aka Nyambane.
According to IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, this was after he failed to honour summons to clarify his academic qualifications.
“As the returning officer of the presidential election, upon discovery of new information on Walter Mong’are as relates to lack of academic qualifications, I invited him to appear before me today at 2.00 pm to clarify the issue. He failed to honour my invitation and pursuant to regulation 43 (2)c of the Election General Regulations, I hereby revoke the nomination certificate of Walter Mong’are of Umoja Summit Party,” he announced.
Chebukati had earlier invited Mongare to shed light on his academic qualifications after Safina presidential aspirant Jimmy Wanjigi questioned how and why the commission cleared him without a degree certificate.
Mongare who was the first candidate to be cleared by the Commission failed to show up, prompting the disqualification.
Nyambane, a former actor in the once-popular Redykyulass comedy group was the first to get approval to be on the ballot in the August 9 presidential election.
“We have looked at all your documents and you have met all the requirements to vie for the presidency,” said Wafula Chebukati who issued him with a nomination certificate.
Nyambane resigned as a Director of Youth Programs in the presidency and Cabinet Affairs Office in February.
He has previously served as the Communications Director at the Nairobi County Government and the Head of Radio at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).