A petition has been filed before the High Court in Nairobi seeking the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from clearing Senator Cleophas Malala to contest for the Kakamega gubernatorial seat in the August polls.

According to documents submitted before the Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the Milimani High Court, Malala should be barred from the election due to a lack of required education.

“Pending the hearing and determination of this application, the court be pleased to issue orders restraining IEBC from entertaining, considering, processing, evaluating, clearing and registering Malala as the gubernatorial candidate for Kakamega county ahead of the general elections for August 9, 2022,” the court papers read

Senator Malala does not meet the qualifications to run for Governor according to Muka’s lawyer Duncan Okatch, because he does not have a degree, as needed by the Constitution and the Election Act.

Muka says there are high chances the IEBC will clear Senator Malala unless the court intervines urgently.