Police on Saturday arrested presidential contestant Solomon Gichira for attempting suicide at Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission offices in Nairobi.
The aspirant allegedly wanted to jump from the sixth floor of Anniversary Towers in Nairobi, after poll body declined to let him present his papers for the August 8 polls.
Gichira arrived at IEBC offices to seek clarification on the list of those required to present their papers before the agency.
He was told that he would not be cleared to run as he didn’t meet the requirement, forcing him to then open a window and tried to jump out before security guards saved him.
The politician will be charged with causing disturbance, destruction of property and attempted suicide. However, the aspirant’s campaign manager and lawyer denied the claims, accusing the IEBC of punishing him after successfully challenging rules set on independent presidential candidates.
The High Court annulled the law that required presidential candidates be nominated by individuals who belong to the hopeful’s political party only, meaning that presidential candidates can be nominated by anyone.