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Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 09:27 EATdmutua@kenyafreepress.com
The nationally-recognised civil society activist Okiya Omtatah has declared his interest in the Busia senatorial seat. Mr Omtatah will run for the seat on a Ford-Kenya ticket and is already actively campaigning for his bid on the ground. The activist believes he will beat the incumbent Amos Wako so that, in his own words, he can continue his fight for people's rights from within the senate floor.
After years on the trenches as a human rights campaigner, Mr Omtatah since 2010 has perfected the use of class action suits to challenge government decisions that assail the interests of the poor, scoring victories in several of his cases.
Just last Friday, after it was reported that the Communications Authority of Kenya was about to implement sweeping surveillance on Kenyans, he moved to court to challenge the decision, winning an order stopping the system until his case is heard. CAK had retained the services of Broadband Communications Network Ltd as the principal contractor to implement the impugned device management system to spy on Kenyans.
In the same week, he successfully sued the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for not rolling out a continuous registration of voters as required by the law, a move that saw the registration deadline extended by four days.
Together with Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula and other MCAs on Saturday, Mr Omtatah toured such areas as Chakol, Amukura and Malaba town, urging residents to turn out, register as voters and take Jubilee home in the next coming elections.