By Derrick Kiplagat
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has given a green light to ten candidates to contest in the Kabete by-elections set for the 4th of May this year. The constituency IEBC coordinator Mrs. Esther Wanjiku said the commission gave the last candidate a go ahead on Wednesday evening.
The Kabete parliamentary seat was declared vacant after former Member of Parliament George Muchai was killed mysteriously by gunmen. Former Embakassi MP Ferdinand Waititu is the flag bearer for the President’s Jubilee Alliance Party( JAP). Human rights activist John Wamagata is also a candidate and is contesting on the Safina Party’s ticket.
Mr. Kavore Kariuki has been cleared to run on Martha Karua’s NARC-Kenya ticket, while Mr. Kiriro Wa Ngugi will represent the Orange Democratic Party. Other candidates include Mr. Newton Njenga (National Vision Party) Mr. George Mungai (Independent) Mr. Paul Kariuki (People’s Party of Kenya) Mr. Moses Wachaga (Independent) Mr. Wilson Karanja (ODM) and Mr. Isaiah Ndirangu (Democratic Unity).
Campaigns have been ongoing in the constituency with all the contestants selling their Manifesto. Former Embakassi MP Ferdinand Waititu whose appearance in the contestants list has sparked mixed reactions said that he was confident of securing the seat and would do all it takes to win it.
“I was nominated with 14000 votes while my closest challenger had 2000 votes. This means that the people of Kabete have accepted me as their MP. My track record as the Embakassi MP speaks for itself,” he said.
Waititu’s competitors have however cautioned the voters of voting for a political party and instead vote for a candidate based on their ability to bring about changes. “We should not elect leaders based on the political dominance of an individual or a party because it’s through such thoughts that we end up getting bad leaders” said Mr. Kiriro.
On the other hand Mr. Wamagata promised that he would go against the grain of county politics and push for policies to benefit the constituents.