Aspirants in Nyamira step down as DP brokers deal
Deputy President William Ruto yesterday brokered a truce that will see the United Democratic Alliance party not conduct nominations for governor and Senate seats in Nyamira county
In the deal, some aspirants shelved their ambitions in favour of other candidates.
Former Kitutu Masaba MP Walter Nyambati and the 2017 gubernatorial loser will be the UDA flagbearers after Dr Ereneo Nyakiba dropped his candidature in his favour.
Nairobi-based advocate Nyambega Mose will carry the mantle for the Senate after his only contender, Hellen Makone, stepped down.
The deal was brokered at Ruto’s Karen residence.
In North Mugirango constituency, Dr Emily Nyasimi also dropped her candidature in favour of incumbent MP Joash Nyamoko.
But the party will conduct primaries for the Woman Rep seat pitting Josephine Omanwa and former officeholder Alice Chae after they failed to agree to support one of them.
“As a party, we engaged in a tense consultation process on who will fly our party tickets in Nyamira. We had set up a team to harmonise our team in Nyamira, which has done a very successful work,” said Ruto while announcing the deal.
“It was also decided that some candidates will be subjected to nominations while others ceded ground for others on the basis of opinion polls that are being conducted,” said Ruto
Makone, who pulled out for Nyambega will now be part of the presidential campaign team.
In West Mugirango constituency, Nairobi-based advocate Charles Ongoto might be handed the party flag after it emerged that he was the only candidate.