On Monday, June 6, a high court in Kakamega temporarily blocked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from gazetting the name of Cleophas Malala as a gubernatorial candidate.
The court wanted the petition challenging Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala’s academic credentials heard and determined before IEBC can officially recognize him as a candidate.
The Amani National Congress (ANC) politician was then battling accusations of possessing fake academic credentials.
However, on Monday, June 27, Malala breathed a sigh of relief after Kakamega High Court revoked orders barring IEBC from gazetting the vocal legislator on the gubernatorial list.
In a statement posted on his official Twitter account, the vocal legislator said there were more wins on the way.
“IEBC has been ordered to Gazette my name with immediate effect. More wins are on the way. I serve a living God,” Malala said.
In the petition filed at the Milimani High Court Constitutional and Human Rights Division, Fred Muka, one of the three voters challenging Malala’s academic credentials had alleged that Senator Malala’s USIU degree certificate had inconsistencies, irregularities, and contradictions.
“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,” read the court papers in part.
This saw the vocal senator immediately share his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education(KCSE) to dispel rumors that he will be locked out of the Kakamega gubernatorial race for failing exams.
“The Commission for University Education (CUE) has duly certified and recognized my academic credentials and henceforth advised the IEBC to clear me to contest in the August 2022 gubernatorial election, Kakamega county,” Malala wrote on Facebook.