Senator race gains momentum as new JP hopeful enters fray
Warns incumbents against getting tickets irregularly. ‘We must have credible nominations so losers can be content with the outcome’
Businessman William Wahome has declared his interest to run for Nairobi senator.
He announced on Friday he will be battling it out for the JP ticket to replace Senator Mike Sonko, who has declared his interest in the governor position.
The businessman-cum-politician becomes one of the aspirants to announce a bid for the JP ticket. Politician Mutinda Kavemba has also shown interest. He decamped from Wiper two months ago.
Wahome announced his bid at the home of Roysambu parliamentary aspirant Michael Karanja, where the two hosted their grassroots mobilisers.
Karanja seeks to wrest the MP seat from incumbent Waihenya Ndirangu.
The duo urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to conduct free and fair nominations.
“We must have credible nominations so losers can be content with the outcome,” Wahome said.
He warned Jubilee’s elected leaders against assuming they have the mandate to allocate tickets for themselves.
“I have heard there are certain people who will get specific seats. There is no seat reserved for anybody,” Wahome said.
“No one should wait to be given the ticket. There shall be no boardroom selection of candidates. I want to tell them we have the capability to send them home.”
Karanja said the IEBC must impartially oversee the elections. He said shambolic nominations could make the polls agency lose its credibility.
“We want to see the independence of the commission during the nominations so aspirants and the electorate can have trust in it,” he said.
Karanja echoed Wahome’s words and warned incumbents against uniting to deny others the opportunity to challenge them. He said they must not share the elective seats among themselves.
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Nairobi senator hopeful William Wahome, Roysambu MP aspirant Michael Karanja and supporters at Karanja’s home in Roysambu on Friday