More than 200 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have joined the bid to block Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto from vying for presidency.

The 213 IDPs informed High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola that they are directly affected by the matter.

Three individuals, Patrick Njuguna, Augustino Netto and Charles Omang and Kenya Youth Parliament and Kenya Youth League are in court to bar the two from contesting for the presidency. On Thursday, Justice Lenaola said any party wishing to join the petition in support or in opposition is free to do so by filing an application.

The judge also allowed Dr Steven Njiru to appear in the case as an amicus curie (friend of the court).

In a suit filed at the High Court in Nairobi, the petitioners contend that allowing Uhuru and Ruto to run for public office would be a recipe for chaos. The three have sued Attorney General Githu Muigai and named Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Commission on Implementation of the Constitution as interested parties to the suit. Through their advocate, Mr Anthony Oluoch, it is their contention that allowing Uhuru and Ruto to run for public office would also amount to perpetuating a culture of impunity.

Recipe for chaos

Also sought by the petitioners is an order barring IEBC from accepting nomination or election of any candidate accused of committing serious offences under the international law or Kenyan law until they are cleared.

They also want a declaration that to allow the two to vie for presidency was a threat to the Constitution and a recipe for chaos.

The court should determine whether the decision by Uhuru and Ruto to vie for presidency, despite confirmation of charges against them at The Hague, would be a threat to the Constitution.

By Judy Ogutu, The Standard

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