Moses Kuria submits his name for nomination to parliament despite governor bid
Kiambu gubernatorial candidate Moses Kuria has submitted his name for nomination as a member of parliament should he lose in the polls slated for August 9.
In a move seen as a deliberate attempt to secure himself a soft landing, the Chama Cha Kazi party leader submitted his name alongside several others to the Registrar of Political Parties and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for review and approval ahead of the polls.
Moses Kuria's governor bid
The Gatundu South MP is seeking the Kiambu governor seat on the CCK party.
Moses Kuria and his running mate Faith Mwaura will face off against several heavyweights affiliated with the Kenya Kwanza coalition that supports Deputy President William Ruto's presidential bid.
The candidates are two-term Kiambu senator Kimani Wamatangi of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party, former governor William Kabago (Tujibebe), Mwende Gatabaki (Safina) and incumbent James Nyoro (Jubilee).
IEBC said last month that 81 out of 83 parties participating in the August elections had submitted their party lists to the commission.
IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati disclosed that Ford Asili and Ukweli party failed to submit their party lists at the close of the deadline on June 25.
The parties that submitted the nomination lists are now fighting to secure more seats for the County Assembly and Parliament in order to get a majority of the nomination slots.
Politicians considered loyalists to top presidential contenders - Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga - top the list of those nominated for various seats in parliament.
Others include aspirants who lost in the recent nominations and those who were compelled to step down for stronger candidates under the Kenya Kwanza alliance and Azimio One Kenya coalition arrangements.
Notable names from the country's top parties are UDA Secretary-General Veronica Waheti Nduati popularly known as Veronica Maina, ODM Chairman and National Assembly John Mbadi, Starehe MP Charles Njagua alias Jaguar (UDA), Laikipia Woman Representative Cate Waruguru (UDA) and Karen Nyamu of UDA.
Other politicians include Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko (UDA), Narok Woman Representative Soipan Tuya (UDA), Nominated Senator Petronila Were (ANC), Nominated Senator Sylvia Kasanga (Wiper), Bomet Woman Rep Joyce Korir (UDA), ANC Secretary-General Simon Mwangi Kamau and his Wiper counterpart Shakila Abdalla.