Kandara MP aspirant ditches Ruto’s UDA party
A female candidate eyeing the Kandara parliamentary seat has ditched the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party citing a lack of transparency in the President William Ruto-led outfit.
Wambui Ng'ang'a, who wants to run as an independent candidate, said she deliberately failed to return her nomination papers at the party's headquarters as required, claiming there was a hidden card to shortchange UDA party aspirants.
Addressing the media, Ng'ang'a said the immediate former MP for Kandara constituency, Alice Wahome, has her preferred candidate, whom she wants UDA to give a direct ticket in the contest.
She said the plot is unfair and unacceptable.
"I have information that Wahome wants to control the race and determine who will take over from her and this is unacceptable," Ng'ang'a lamented.
"We are all going to the people seeking their support and thus we should be given an equal platform," she added.
She said it's wrong to impose a candidate on people instead and urged the local leadership to leave the electorate to decide their representative in the ballot.
"We don't want projects in Kandara, the residents are the ones to decide who becomes the next MP," Ng'ang'a stated.
The aspirant expressed confidence that she is the best-suited candidate to take over from Wahome, who resigned last month after being appointed as the Cabinet Secretary for Water.
"I have a vision and passion to serve the people of Kandara and I will be vying for the seat as an independent candidate and I believe the residents will support my bid," she remarked.
During his recent visit to Murang'a, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua assured the candidates that the party shall conduct free and fair nominations and there will be no interference from outsiders.
"I want to assure the candidates that the nomination process will be free and fair and the residents shall decide who to become their next member of parliament," Gachagua said.
The DP, however, said the next MP must come from the UDA party to fit in the shoes of Wahome to be able to carry on the projects she left unfinished.
Over 40 candidates have expressed interest in the by-election set to be held on January 5 2023.
Those seeking the UDA party ticket were supposed to submit their documents by last Friday, November 11, ahead of nominations slated for November 26.