Prof. George Wajackoyah, the leader of the Roots Party, has been questioned regarding his British citizenship.
Former presidential candidate Peter Gichira has requested clarification from the British High Commission regarding Wajackoyah’s UK citizenship.
In a letter received by Citizen Digital, Mr. Gichira references Professor Wajackoyah’s recent declaration that he previously ran for a parliamentary seat in the United Kingdom, where he resided as a refugee.
A candidate for the position of Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom must be at least 18 years old and a citizen of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth nation, or Ireland.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) states that in order to run for president in Kenya, one must be a natural-born Kenyan citizen with no allegiance to a foreign state.
They must also not possess dual citizenship, according to the commission’s website, “unless the other country’s citizenship was acquired by operation of law without the ability to opt out.”
Kenya is a member of The British Commonwealth, it should be emphasized.
Mr. Gichira, through his attorneys, questioned whether Prof. Wajackoyah was a British citizen and, if so, if he had relinquished his rights in order to run for Kenya’s highest office.
“We are writing on behalf of our client to clarify whether the above-named candidate is a British citizen and whether he has relinquished his citizenship rights.” examine the letter.
According to Article 78 (1) of Citizenship and Leadership, a State Officer or member of the armed services cannot hold dual citizenship.
He then cited the Article that states the aforementioned articles do not apply to someone who became a citizen of another nation by operation of that country’s law without the option to opt out.
Mr. Gichira continued, “Your prompt and considerate cooperation will be greatly appreciated in light of the tight deadlines for the approaching elections and the need to print the ballots in advance.”