Relief for UDA’s Kiambu senatorial candidate as IEBC clears him to vie
It was a relief for United Democratic Alliance’s (UDA) senatorial nominee for Kiambu Karungo Thangw’ah when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cleared him for the August 9 contest.
Karungo, whose name was missing in IEBC’s Kenya Gazette Notice published on July 1, was presented with a nomination certificate by Kiambu County Returning Officer Arnold Mutwiri at the Commission’s Thika office.
This was in compliance with an order issued by the Kiambu High Court compelling IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati to have the candidate’s name on the list of nominees.
Karungo, accompanied by UDA’s Thika Town constituency candidate Alice Ng’ang’a, termed the move a victory for democracy and the people of Kiambu who will now have a chance to elect a senator of their choice.
“I also wish to thank the leader of my party William Ruto for remaining true and faithful and refusing to bow to pressure to replace me at a time when it seemed like we would lose it,” he stated.
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The former CEC member, who was ousted during Governor Ferdinand Waititu's regime, maintained that his detractors who sought to block his bid through the courts claiming he had an impeachment issue, had no grounds.
"At last justice has prevailed and I thank the judiciary and IEBC for believing in the rule of law. I also wish to forgive those who had taken me to court on misplaced grounds," he added.
Ms Nga'ng'a while congratulating Karungo for getting the clearance to contest, expressed confidence that UDA would easily win the Kiambu Senate seat.