Roots Party presidential candidate George Wajackoyah has railed at the latest reports questioning his nationality.
Wajackoyah who is drumming up support for his candidature in the Mt Kenya region, alongside his running mate Justina Wamae, insists he is Kenyan and has never been a citizen of Britain.
“They are saying I am a British national, and that I was born in England and that is not true. Yes, I vied for a political seat in Britain. And in the UK you are allowed to seek an elective seat as long as you come from a Commonwealth Country,” he told a rally in Nyeri.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I am a Kenyan citizen and the law allows me to vie for the presidency because it’s my constitutional right,” he added.
On Tuesday, a voter wrote to the British High Commission seeking clarification over the exact status of the Roots Party presidential candidate’s nationality.
In the letter copied to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the Directorate of Immigration Services, Peter Solomon Gichira noted that Wajackoyah had openly indicated that he had at one time expressed interest in a parliamentary seat in the United Kingdom and wanted to know whether he is eligible to vie in Kenya now that he has been cleared by IEBC to run for the Presidential elections.
“It has come to the attention of our client through various sources that the said candidate at one time was a prospective candidate and vied for a seat for a member of parliament in the United Kingdom specifically Tottenham before he was disqualified through various media addresses,” Gichira said in a letter drafted by his lawyer Gachie Mwanza.
At the same time, Wajackoyah maintained that he is not a State project in the August poll as claimed by his opponents.
He insists said he is his own man and that nothing will stop him from running for president in next month’s elections. He attributed the latest ‘propaganda’ against his candidature to concerns about his rising profile and popularity.
“I want to make it clear that I am neither a government nor anyone’s project. I am running my own race for the people of Kenya,” he said.
He added: “If I were a government project as they claim, I would be flying around in choppers as others are doing.”