UDA nominates boda boda rider as MCA in Murang’a
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party has nominated a boda boda rider to the Murang'a County Assembly.
Tony Marubu, a boda boda operator in Kiharu constituency, is among 11 persons nominated to the Assembly by the ruling party.
Kiharu Member of Parliament Ndindi Nyoro lauded the party for the nomination of Marubu, terming it one of the greatest achievements of the William Ruto-led outfit.
"Of all the things we have done as UDA fraternity, the nomination of Tony Marubu as an MCA in Murang'a is among the greatest. He is a Boda Boda rider in Kiharu, specifically at Mukuyu (Mugoiri Junction), Kiria and Ndutumi stages. He comes from Ndutumi, Mugoiri Ward in Kiharu," the MP said in a statement shared on his Facebook page.
According to Nyoro, the party noticed the young man some two years ago while lobbying for a Ruto presidency in the Mount Kenya region.
"He came out as sharp and articulate. Called him to the office and enquired about him. He told me he had scored C+ but was unable to proceed to College. We were willing to sponsor him for a Teaching Course but in the course of making it happen, he is now an MCA," he added.
While congratulating Marubu, the legislator said the MCA-nominee is an inspiration to young people seeking to make a difference in their communities.
"Congratulations Manucho. You are an inspiration to many young people, especially, in the Boda Boda Sector. Wishing you the best as you represent the Youth of Murang'a in the County Assembly.
We are African and Africa is our Business," Nyoro stated.
The latest comes amid protests from a section of leaders over the nomination list released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
A section of UDA supporters in Murang'a this week vowed to file a petition to stop the swearing-in of MCAs over a 'flawed' nominations process.
The disgruntled supporters claim they were on the initial list submitted to IEBC but their names were dropped in unclear circumstances.
Led by Mathioya constituency party coordinator Bernard Kuria faulted the party over uneven distribution of the nomination slots.
Apparently, seven out of the 12 nominees are from Nyoro's Kiharu constituency and one each from Kandara, Maragua and Mathioya.
Kigumo, Gatanga and Kangema did not get any seats.
The supporters alleged that the other two nominees are not registered voters in the county.
“We are shocked because we lobbied for this party and registered thousands of people with the promise of fairness,” Kuria said.