9 peo­ple aim to claim North Mu­gi­rango turf

JKUAT lec­turer Kepha Keengwe the lat­est en­trant to race to un­seat Geni

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nyanza - ANGWENYI GICHANA @agichana

A JKUAT lec­turer is the ninth en­trant into the race for North Mu­gi­rango MP.

On Mon­day, Kepha Keengwe said, “I have been do­ing my ground work and I now con­firm that I’m in the race.”

Nine peo­ple have de­clared in­ter­est in the seat held by ODM’s Charles Geni. They in­clude Nyamira speaker Joash Nyamoko, for­mer MP Wil­fred Om­bui, Kisii county sec­re­tary John­stone Ndege, Henry Nyank­abaria, Ja­son Mosinga, Shem Tai, Nyaega Ouru and Ge­orge On­songo.

For­mer MP and East Africa Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly mem­ber Joseph Kian­goi will run for se­na­tor on the Ju­bilee Party ticket.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts say Geni and Nyamoko are the strong­est con­tenders. The two hail from Nya­musi and Ek­erenyo wards re­spec­tively. Both have been en­dorsed by elders.

Nyamoko was on Satur­day named as part of the team to cam­paign for Ju­bilee in Nyamira county.

Keengwe said the com­pe­ti­tion is not a two-horse race.

“It is wrong to claim the in­cum­bent and speaker are front run­ners. When the seat is de­clared va­cant, we all be­come equal com­peti­tors. The two have failed in their role as MP and speaker,” he said.

“If elected, my fo­cus will be to im­prove gov­er­nance and ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards.”

Geni told the Star he is con­fi­dent he will re­claim his seat and dis­missed some as­pi­rants as non­starters.

“I will de­liver this seat for ODM. I will bank on my de­vel­op­ment record to win my sec­ond term,” he said.

Ju­bilee picked for­mer Con­sti­tu­tion Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mis­sion chair­man Charles Ny­achae as part of the team to lead cam­paigns in Kisii county.

‘IT’S WRONG TO CLAIM THE IN­CUM­BENT AND SPEAKER ARE FRONT RUN­NERS’

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