Mr. Jerald Kabugi aged 84 who was eying the Murang’a gubernatorial seat has withdrawn from the race leaving only two contesters to compete for the seat.
Kabugi said he opted to leave the race so as to enable the President have many candidates elected on Jubelee party.
The aspirant who was running independently created a light moment at the County Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) offices when he said his Identity Card was missing but he has decided to join Jubilee party by supporting the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The aspirant, who appeared in the office with only one supporter said he could not pay the needed money since he was not in the race and was only visiting the offices to announce his decision to withdraw.
The retired civil servant noted that his ambition was to become the next Murang’a governor so as to curb massive corruption experienced in the devolved unit.
Circumstances could not allow me to vie for governorship seat as my symbol was a table meaning all operations in the local government should done in openness, Added Kabugi who hails from Gatanga Sub-County.
He said all independent candidates from the region should withdraw from the race and back reelection of Jubilee government saying the current administration have achieved a lot in terms of development.
Withdrawal of Kabugi has left only two aspirants for gubernatorial seat, the incumbent Mwangi wa Iria, who is vying on Jubilee ticket and Dr. Moses Ndungu Mwangi who is running on Mzalendo Saba Saba Party ticket.
Kabugi, an agriculturist, retired from civil service in 1987 and he vied for Gatanga parliamentary seat in 1992 and 1997 but lost.
Meanwhile, Kiharu Member of Parliament (MP) Jubilee nominee Ndindi Nyoro has welcomed those vying as Independent candidates, urging them to maintain peace during their campaigns.
The aspirant said everyone has constitutional right to vie as long as he or she meets the set criteria, adding that people of Kiharu will elect their preferred candidate.
Nyoro divulged that he will Commission a fund to support men if he will be elected as next Kiharu MP.
Men, he noted have been neglected for long time and the fund will go long way to improve their socio-economic welfare.
The government have several funds to support women and youth but for men who in most cases are burdened with responsibilities of families have no sources for funds to initiate income generating projects and that’s the reason in Kiharu we will have a fund to support them, Added Nyoro after he was cleared by the IEBC.
Source: Kenya News Agency