By Calvin Osiemo
Residents of Kabete Constituency are set to go to the polls on Monday 4th 2015 to elect their new Member of Parliament. However, to the surprise of many, the campaigns have been a low key affair bearing in mind the presence of former Embakasi Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu in the race.
Waititu who is running for the parliamentary seat on a Jubilee Alliance Party is expected to be the party’s first legislature under its ticket if he wins after Patrick Ole Tutui of JAP lost to ODM’s Elijah Memusi in the Kajiado by-election. Waititu however has been facing resistance from Kiambu Governor William Kabogo who has been terming Waititu as an outsider and was not happy with Kabete residents for supporting Waititu. Mr. Waititu responded to the allegations and insisted that his grandparents come from Karura Kanyungu which is in Kabete and therefore should not be regarded as an outsider.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) apart from JAP’s Waititu has given a go ahead to eight candidates to vie for the seat including Wilson Karanja on an Orange Democratic Party (ODM) ticket, Isaiah Ndirangu (PDU), Kavore Kariuki (Narc Kenya), John Wamagata (Safina), Newton Njenga (National vision Party), Paul Kariuki (PPK), Kiriro Wa Ngugi (DP) and two Independent candidates George Mungai and Moses Wachaga.
Kabete constituency, which is a Jubilee stronghold, is expected to give Waititu an easy win the same way he managed to get the JAP ticket. Waititu has said that his plan is to represent the people of Kabete until 2017 when he will contest for the Kiambu Gubernatorial seat which is currently held by William Kabogo.
What has caught the attention of many however is the lack of involvement of top Jubilee heads President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto in the campaign process although the President was recently accompanied by Waititu during a visit to Juja where he addressed the public.