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David Rudisha among aspirants EACC Wants them blocked by IEBC

World 800m record holder David Rudisha has been flagged off by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) ahead of August 9th elections.

The EACC yesterday listed 241 aspirants that should not be cleared by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC).

The two time Olympic Games 800m champion who is Vying as an independent ticket to be a member of Kilgoris has joined over 21,863 aspirants set to face off at the polls, and according to EACC may be integrity verification process to be undertaken by the Commission.

In a letter from “EACC to IEBC, it read in part “EACC considers these persons to have fallen short of the moral and ethical standards stipulated for election to public office. EACC hopes that IEBC will make appropriate decisions guided by Constitutional Values and public interest.”

According to the report, Rudisha in listed number 31, EACC wrote: “The Commission is verifying whether the aspirant resigned from public service as at 9th February 2022 in line with section 43(5) of the elections Act, 2011.”

Rudisha was to face seven other aspirants who are fighting for the vacant seat. They include former Internal Security Minister Mr Julius Sunkuli, former National Environment Management Authority (Nema) board chairperson Mr John Dalton Konchellah, and former Rift Valley Education Director Mr John Ololtua.

The world champion, who serves as Chief Inspector is a traffic police officer based in Eldoret. He also holds the Africa 600m record of 1:13.10 set inside Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, England, in 2016.

David Rudisha runs into murky politics

Double Olympic champion and 800M world record holder, David Rudisha will be vying for Kilgoris parliamentary seat as an independent candidate in the August 9 polls.

The 33 year-old was cleared to run for the seat by the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Rudisha will also have to resign from the police force to be able to venture into the murky waters of politics as he seeks to succeed Kilgoris MP Mr. Gideon Konchellah, who has shifted gears and focus to the Narok senatorial seat.

Rudisha will face seven other aspirants who are fighting for the vacant seat. They include former Internal Security Minister Mr Julius Sunkuli, former National Environment Management Authority (Nema) board chairperson Mr John Dalton Konchellah, and former Rift Valley Education Director Mr John Ololtua.

In a clearance letter by the IEBC, the two time world 800m champion has been cleared to vie for the Kilgoris seat.

The letter further reveals that the 2014 commonwealth Games silver medallist doesn’t subscribe to any political party and that he would vie as an independent candidate.

“Reference is made to the subject matter and your letter dated 29 April 2022 on the intention to contest election as Member of National Assembly, Kilgoris Constituency. Pursuant to Article 85 of the Constitution and Section 34(fa) of the Political Parties Act 2011, David Lekuta Rudisha, is not a member of any registered party.”

The 2006 World champion was forced out of active running due to his long standing groin injury.

Rudisha is the first and only person to ever run 800m under 1:41 and he holds the three fastest, six of the eight fastest, and half of the twenty fastest times ever run in this event.