Chapter 6 as an Ethical, Not Legal Standard

One of the strongest counter-arguments against barring electoral aspirants and/or appointees into public offices has been anchored around Article 50 (2a) on the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Given the average duration, it takes to prosecute and complete especially corruption-related cases in Kenya, this account alone is enough to ensure no meaningful isolation of aspirants with integrity issues can take place. Additionally, the IEBC is on record clearing aspirants for elections because the aspirants, including convicted criminals, have pending appeals against their conviction.[1]

Anchored on the knowledge that ethical standards seek to reward, not necessarily punish individuals in society, the RedCard Campaign proceeds from the key assumption that anyone not cleared (of any, and all serious allegation and violations) is not ethically fit to run for public office. subsequently, by removing individuals with ethical issues, we can create a favourable environment for the emergence of credible leadership at all levels of society.

[1] The Standard, IEBC clears jailed police impostor Joshua Waiganjo to vie for MP seat