Nyamira gov­er­nor hope­fuls fail to agree on who to fly JP’s flag

Ki­naro, Misati, Mochama, Nyam­bati and Okioma held meet­ings to choose the best per­son to wrest seat from Nya­garama. They will now square off at the bal­lot

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Nyamira gov­er­nor hope­fuls from Ki­tutu Masaba con­stituency have failed to agree on who to front against in­cum­bent John Nya­garama.

For­mer MPs Mwan­cha Okioma and Walter Nyam­bati, Charles Mochama, Evans Misati and Ndubi Ki­naro have been hold­ing meet­ings to agree on one can­di­date to wrest the seat from Nya­grama.

“I don’t think it is pos­si­ble to agree. We have dif­fer­ent in­ter­ests so we shall meet at the bal­lot,” Nyam­bati said. He is Nyamira Ju­bilee Party chair­man.

Nyam­bati will run against Mochama, lawyer Dennkis Abin­cha and Er­neo Nyak­iba for the JP ticket, while Okioma will have to join an­other party after Ford Peo­ple dis­solved to join JP.

Misati, the Pro­gres­sive Party of Kenya chair­man, ruled out stepping down from the race.

“My party will field can­di­dates for the po­si­tions of MCA to gov­er­nor and I will be on the bal­lot. It’s true we held meet­ings to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing one can­di­date, but I don’t see it hap­pen­ing,” he said. Misati fin­ished third at the March 4, 2013, gen­eral elec­tion.

The bat­tle for the seat has in­ten­si­fied with the en­try of John Ku­menda, who is also from Ki­tutu Masaba.

Ku­menda said he will run on the ODM ticket. He will face Nya­garama, Deputy Gov­er­nor Amos Nyaribo, West Mu­gi­rango MP James Ge­sami and re­tired judge David Onyan­cha for the ticket.

Last week, some el­ders en­dorsed Ku­menda, who said his fo­cus, if elected, will be the tea in­dus­try, health, ed­u­ca­tion and in­fra­struc­ture.

Ku­menda urged his com­peti­tors to adopt is­sue-based cam­paigns, free of mud­sling­ing. “We should sell our poli­cies peace­fully and soberly. Let vot­ers de­cide the best can­di­date,” he said.

Ku­menda urged vot­ers to con­sider hope­fuls’ track record and party man­i­festo.


Ki­tutu Masaba MP Ti­mothy Bosire, Cord leader Raila Odinga and Gov­er­nor John Nya­garama at county assembly grounds on June 13

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