The Thika MP, Alice Ng’ang’a (Jubilee party) and her greatest challenger, Patrick Wainaina (Independent) were on Thursday cleared by IEBC to contest for the Thika Town Parliamentary peace.
The contenders were the strongest challengers in the Jubilee nomination exercise with Alice Nganga garnering 15,880 votes against Patrick Winaina’s 14,780 votes leading to Patrick Wainana decamping to vie as an independent candidate.
The candidates accompanied by their supporters presented their papers at the Thika Probation hall amidst tight security and both commended the IEBC process which they said was efficient and fast.
The incumbent was the first to present her papers at 11.00am and after being cleared she called on her campaigners to exercise restraint during the entire campaign period and desist from engaging in politics of confrontation and name calling.
Though the WI-FI went down a few times IEBC officials displayed professionalism and were able to deal with every challenge in record time. said Nganga
She pleaded with her supporters to give her another term to complete the development programs she had initiated.
It’s prudent that we display maturity during the campaign period and show Wanjiku that we can be capable of representing them for another term, Kenya is greater than any single individual and we should not allow ourselves to be led into destroying the country this time round said Ng’ang’a.
Speaking after receiving his clearance certificate at around 2.30 PM Patrick Wainana called for peaceful campaign devoid of hooliganism, saying that Thika residents should be allowed to make their own choice without being intimidated.
He castigated recent cases of lawlessness visited on his supporters by his opponent, adding that politics of violence and victimization have been overtaken by time. The incumbent should restrain her supporters from engaging in hooliganism and the law enforcement officers should not be seen to favor any side of the political divide.
Wainaina was referring to a recent incident where his supporters were pelted with stones by supporters of the area MP when they were repairing a feeder road leading to the controversial Makongeni market
Several vehicles had their wind screens smashed and property of unknown value destroyed with several people being treated at Thika level five hospital.
The Returning Officer, Geoffrey Gitobu cautioned politicians against engaging in violence, saying that IEBC will take stern actions against any candidate whose supporters wreak havoc during the electioneering period
Source: Kenya News Agency