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’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nairobi - JOSEPH NDUNDA @MuthuiN­dunda

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.

“NEARLY SH30M IN GDP DE­RIVED FROM OVER 10,000 CBD TRADERS”

/JOSEPH NDUNDA

Nairobi se­na­tor hopeful Wil­liam Wa­home, Roysambu MP as­pi­rant Michael Karanja and sup­port­ers at Karanja’s home in Roysambu on Fri­day

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