Roots party Presidential Candidate and party leader George Wajackoyah has come under a wave of criticism and questions. This criticism has been awaken by his latest remarks about being a political contender in the united kingdom. While speaking to a team of reporters, The Roots presidential candidate indicated that he tried vying for as parliamentary position in Britain.
A former presidential hopeful, Peter Gichira , has written to the British High Commission in Nairobi to enquire about the citizen status of the presidential candidate .
Wajackoyah was forced into exile during Former Presidential Moi’s Tyrannical rule. He was among the special police unit that was tasked with investigating the murder of former powerful Foreign Affairs minister Robert Ouko. Most of his colleagues were either found dead or maimed in what was termed as political interference.
In order to escape this fate , Wajackoyah fled the country and sought refuge in the united kingdom, where he claims that he tried his luck in politics. In a statement refuting claims made by Peter Gichira. The Roots party leader said that he has indeed lived outside the country for a very long time but he is still a Kenyan Citizen. He claims that he doesn’t hold duo citizenship neither has he ever abandoned his Kenyan citizenship.
Before the new 2010 Kenyan constitution. The country didn’t allow dual citizenship. However, after the enactment of the constitution in 2010 dual citizenship was allowed. This change saw an influx of professionals who had been in exile return to their motherland.
Wajackoyah’s case in this matter was no different as he also returned fully into the country, where he is now vying for the presidency. It is important to note that some of this professional came after Mwai Kibaki took over power in 2002. They played a very important role in shaping the future of the country.
In a letter copied to the IEBC and the Director general of immigration by Peter Gichira’s lawyers. Wajackoyah should be barred from vying should his Citizen status be confirmed to be true. The Kenyan Constitution is indeed clear on the matter of people who hold due citizenship vying for the presidency.
It is a matter of time as we wait to hear the response from the British.