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Azimio, KKA dealt a major blow hours to their final rallies as bigwigs Makes Major U-turn

by Paul Nyongesa
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Azimio, KKA dealt a major hours to their final rallies as bigwigs Makes Major U-turn

A number of candidates have stepped down in the last 48 hours as both Azimio One Kenya and Kenya Kwanza coalitions enter into last-ditch deals to gain more seats ahead of the general election scheduled for next Tuesday.

Yesterday, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya was dealt a big blow after Embu Jubilee gubernatorial candidate Emilio Kathuri stepped down in favour of his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) rival Cecily Mbarire.

Mr Kathuri joined the Kenya Kwanza Alliance on Thursday evening and was received by Deputy President William Ruto in Nairobi.

Tharaka Nithi Wiper party gubernatorial candidate and current deputy governor Nyamu Kagwima’s running mate, Jonnes Munene, also made a U-turn and endorsed their rival, Prof Erastus Njoka, of Jubilee, saying theirs was a weak ticket.

Narc Kenya’s Mzalendo Kibunjia also lost his running mate, Micheni Ruriani, to Jubilee’s Prof Erastus Njoka.

Addressing the media in Chogoria town in Maara on Wednesday, Mr Ruriani said he had noticed that they would not win and decided to endorse Prof Njoka who has the possibility of beating the incumbent, Mr Muthomi Njuki, who is seeking re-election on the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket.

“We have no possibility of winning the governorship because we have not done enough campaigns. I have decided to support Prof Njoka because he is the only person who can take home Mr Njuki,” said Mr Ruriani.

In Wajir, Governor Mohamed Abdi has backed Ugas Sheikh Mohamed of the Amani National Congress (ANC).

In Isiolo, PNU’s Kenneth Turibu abandoned the race to support Jubilee’s Abdi Guyo in a deal brokered by Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga and announced by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya. PNU is expected to bag two county executive and three chief officer positions.

In Nyamira, former North Mugirango Member of Parliament and Nyamira ANC gubernatorial candidate Joseph Kiangoi has dropped his bid in favour of Wiper’s Ben Momanyi.

Mr Kiangoi made the announcement yesterday at Kebirigo Primary School alongside Mr Momanyi and their supporters. He said he had made the decision after wide consultation, having realised that they shared the same vision with Mr Momanyi.

“In line with the present trend of people coming together to serve the same purpose if you have the same intentions, we have decided to work with Mr Momanyi,” said Mr Kiangoi.

His move now leaves the incumbent, Governor Amos Nyaribo (UPA), as the only gubernatorial candidate from North Mugirango.

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