President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee Party received a boost in his Gatundu South backyard after 10 Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) who were vying as Independent Candidates dropped their bids to support the Party.
Addressing the press on Wednesday at the Ruiru Rainbow Resort, the candidates said that they had made the decision since it was portraying a bad image for the President to have them vie against his Jubilee Party in his home turf.
Chege Mworia, who was vying as an Independent Candidate in Ndarugo Ward, said that after much deliberations, they decided to step down in support of the President and the Jubilee Party.
Mworia said that they were requesting their electorate and supporters to join them and come out in large numbers so that they ensure president Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected for another term.
He explained that they had done so without any pressure from anyone and it has taken them four days of deliberations to come up with the decision because they needed harmony in Gatundu South.
The candidates, who were from Ngenda, Kiamwangi, Ndarugo and Kiganjo Wards lost in the Jubilee nominations and have decided to work with those who won so that they could deliver 100 percent voter turnout on August 8.
Jubilee Party Gatundu Chairman, Mwangi Ngubia welcomed the defectors and promised to work with them without any discrimination.
He called on the other candidates, including parliamentary aspirants (MP’s) vying on other parties to emulate what the MCAs had done and drop their bids to support the President and Jubilee candidates.
Ngubia said that they were hoping to deliver a six piece election for the President so that he could have a majority in both Parliament and Senate.
Jubilee Party Kiambu County Organizing Secretary, Bishop Ernest Karanja called on the Gatundu South residents to follow their leaders to Jubilee Party and vote for the Jubilee candidates come August 8.
Karanja said that in Ndarugo and Kiganjo Wards, there were no other candidates now apart from the Jubilee candidates and they were sure of a victory.
He thanked the contestants for the respect they have shown for the President by taking the decision.
Lucy Wangui, who had vied for the MCA position in Kiamwangi Ward and lost, said that she never left Jubilee and would continue to drum-up support for the President and the Jubilee candidates.
Source: Kenya News Agency