A number of Jubilee legislators have pledged to support ODM candidate in the Kibra by-elections despite President Uhuru Kenyatta endorsing footballer Mariga to go for the seat on Jubilee ticket. Others, like Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria have vowed not to campaign for the footballer.
Jubilee Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, while speaking at Capitol Hill said many more MPs from his party were willing to support Imran in the spirit of Uhuru and Raila’s handshake, suggesting the divisions in the ruling party over the by-election were far from over.
“You will see other MPs come out to support Imran because of the peace we have witnessed as a country. I am here as a person, not representing anybody,” said Kamanda. He stressed that his support was a show of appreciation for the easing of tensions due to the truce between Uhuru and Raila.
Although he reiterated that he was supporting the Orange party candidate out of his own volition, he claimed more MPs were quietly backing Imran, who is a brother of the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth.