Disqualified senatorial aspirant picked as running mate for Tharaka Nithi governorship

A Tharaka-Nithi senatorial aspirant who was not cleared by Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for failing to submit the required 2,000 signatures has been picked as a deputy by a gubernatorial aspirant.

Mr. Icenga Mugao, the Independent senate hopeful was on Thursday picked by Mr. Petkay Miriti after his running mate switched off his phone one day to the presentation of the nomination papers.

Mr. Miriti had lost three running mates before considering Mr. Mugao who allegedly faulted the electoral agency regulations by not counting all the signatures he submitted before filing a petition in Chuka High Court after which the matter was referred to a special panel in Nairobi Milimani Courts.

Mr. Mugao was on Monday disqualified for submitting 1,962 signatures instead of the needed 2,000 signatures as per the requirement by the electoral agency.

The officer assumed that each page of my document had only 42 signatures which was not the case because apart from the first page, all the other pages had 44 signatures, said Mr. Mugao in a recent briefing.

Addressing media shortly after receiving a certificate from the electoral agency allowing him to vie as an Independent Candidate, Mr. Miriti accused his opponents of ‘buying’ his previous running mates so as to paralyze his mission of assuming the county leadership after the elections.

Mr. Miriti said he was the only strong aspirant with no bad record and asked the locals to shun off corrupt leaders and elect him so that he would fight graft in the County.

I have been a leader for many years and my record is my witness unlike that of my opponents who are using money to buy support from the locals. It is time to send home such leaders, said Mr. Miriti.

He promised to ensure equitable distribution of resources and opportunities according to constituencies once elected.

I will ensure that people from the three constituencies are fairly employed and that all my developments are fairly distributed so that local Mwananchi can benefit, he noted.

Mr. Mugao said he would inject his fresh energy and asked youths to solidly support Mr. Miriti, noting that their government will be all inclusive.

Our government will take care of all residents without sidelining or neglecting any community, said Mr. Mugao.

Others also vying for the seat are Chuka Igambang’ombe Member of Parliament (MP) Muthomi Njuki (Jubilee), Kathee Gwa Kathee (ODM), Mwenda Mbaka (Independent) and incumbent, Samuel Ragwa, who is seeking re-election on Narc-Kenya party ticket.

Mr. Ragwa has promised to unite the locals whom he said had been divided in terms of constituencies by the lawmakers in the county.

On his part, Mr. Njuki faulted Mr. Ragwa for failing to develop the county despite receiving billions from the National Government.

Source: Kenya News Agency