It will be a rough path for the Nyandarua woman representative Jubilee Party nominee Faith Gitau after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cousin Wanjiku Muhoho got back into the race as an independent candidate on Tuesday (23/05/17).
Ms Muhoho was the first to concede after she came a distant third in the party nominations , with 8,019 votes.
Ms Gitau and Ms Wanjiku Muhia, garnered 106,004 and 75,296 votes, respectively, while Ms Jane Gathoni Kiambati only garnered 2,538 votes.
Ms Muhoho, however, made a sudden U-turn amid the controversy that surrounded the disputed results.
The dispute saw the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal nullify Ms Gitau’s victory to hand Ms Muhia the ticket to fly the flag in August.
The High Court in Nairobi reversed the tribunal’s verdict on Friday and reinstated the initial results, clearing Ms Gitau to vie for the seat in the General Election on a Jubilee ticket.
According to Uhuru’s cousin, she decided to return to the race since politics was a matter of strategy.
“My loyalty is to the voters, not any other politician. I am running as an independent candidate and I am confident of winning the seat,” stated Ms Muhoho.
Ms Gitau had on Sunday asked Ms Muhia to team up with her and re-unite the county’s residents.
She also indicated that the party primaries and subsequent petitions filed at the tribunal and the court had divided the people, hence the need for leaders to unite them.
“The nominations and the court cases have left our people divided,” said Ms Gitau at Equator Catholic Church, Gatimu Location in Nyandarua County. “I therefore invite her (Ms Muhia) to join me and other leaders in uniting the people Nyandarua.”
Uhuru’s cousin, an alumna of University of Nairobi (UoN), where she graduated with a degree in Mathematics, has been quite the talk of town where she hopes to knock over the incumbent.