Machakos governorship candidate Bernard Kiala has quit from the race to drum up support for the Opposition led by the National Super Alliance (NASA) Presidential candidate, Raila Odinga.
Mr Kiala indicated that he made the decision to fully support Raila in his bid to clinch the presidency in the August 8 General Election.
“Our withdrawal is for the sake of promoting a NASA win in the presidential race. Our withdrawal is unconditional. It is also in line with the need to rebuild Wiper (party) – honorable Stephen Musyoka’s vehicle for his 2022 presidential bid,” Kiala said on Sunday (30/7/17).
“We remain staunch believers in the mission of NASA. We have seen the risk of scattering the NASA presidential vote in Machakos if we advance our independent gubernatorial candidacy. We ask ourselves whether our candidacy serves the greater good of Machakos people. Our wish is that dividends of our fight against lies and corruption presided over by Governor Mutua can be felt sooner by our people,” read a statement from Kiala’s campaign team.
Kiala, who was accompanied by his running mate, Ms Evelyn Mutula, asked Machakos residents to turn out in large numbers and cast their votes in favour of the Opposition.
“Our plea to all 620,254 registered voters in Machakos is that no one should be left behind on August 8th. Let us vote for Raila Odinga and Kalonzo as president and running mate,” he stressed.
The politician reiterated that he did not want give advantage to Governor Alfred Mutua by dividing the Opposition vote.
“For the principled leaders we are we would be compromising our stance against the irresponsible and corrupt ways of the incumbent governor,” he said.
He added that he will still remain active in politics.