Muranga: 8 candidates to face off in Kandara by-election

Friday, December 9th, 2022 15:10 | By
Ballot box. PHOTO/IEBC/Twitter
Ballot box. PHOTO/IEBC/Twitter

Eight candidates will face off in the Kandara by-election slated for January 5, 2023.

After submitting their papers as required by the law, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) have already cleared the eight.

They are; Kibiru PMG Junior vying on a Usawa Kwa Wote party ticket, Samuel Kioi contesting on The new Democrats party ticket, Tutus Njau on Ford Asili, Joseph Mbugua on JFP, Chege Njuguna on a UDA party ticket and Pius Muiruri, David Kamweti and Erastus Gatehi who are vying as independent candidates.

Njau shifted to Ford Asili after losing in the UDA party primaries, where he emerged second. The exercise has attracted 14 candidates.

Initially, the seat had attracted over 30 candidates, but a good number dropped their bids along the way.

With slightly over three weeks remaining toward the by-election, the candidates have intensified their grassroots lobbying to woo the residents to vote for them.

The residents have appealed to the candidates to ensure peaceful campaigns without mudslinging.

The residents said they have high hopes that whoever wins the race will advance their interests and serve them better.

"We want a leader who will drive the development agenda to benefit the residents," Peter Kamau, one of the residents, said.

The by-election will be a litmus test for the UDA party to assess its strength in the area, given that its wave saw it capture all the elective seats in Murang'a county.

The party leadership is saying it will ensure its candidate carries the day.

The seat was left vacant after the immediate former Mp Alice Wahome was appointed to the cabinet.

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