The report noted that Ms Waweru is one of the directors of the Kenya Youth Enterprise Fund while Ms Mutua is a sitting member of the Machakos County Assembly.

The Eala elections Act provides that an individual is disqualified from being elected a member if they are a public officer.

The clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Michael Sialai, and his Senate colleague Jeremiah Nyegenye, who acted as presiding officers in the nominees’ vetting, had accepted Ms Mutua’s nomination papers to enable the committee to decide on whether she qualifies for election to the regional assembly.

The committee also threw out names of Mr Cheruiyot Tamogei, Ms Hellen Makone, Mr Billy Baltazar and Mr Humphrey Njuguna, who submitted their applications as independent candidates, as they did not have the support of at least 1,000 signatures of registered voters as per the elections law.

Despite claiming to be independent, they were also found to be members of the Jubilee Party.

Kenya is the only state in the East African Community that is yet to submit the names of its representatives. The region has six countries, each with nine slots. Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and Rwanda have had their representatives sworn in.

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