He is constantly mocked as the King of nominations, and it seems he not just quite done yet. Since Jubilee Party nominated senator Isaac Mwaura’s spectacular loss his main rival Simon King’ara in the United Democratic Alliance nominations exercise, a series of dramatic events have piled up behind each other, unfolding one by one as if scenes and acts in a Shakespearean play. The latest chapter which may come as a relief to the bruised legislator involves his party’s coalition partner, the Amani National Congress.
All this unfolded on the set of Radio Jambo’s weekly political show Mazungumzo Wazi Wazi which was hosted by the station’s stand-in presenter Michael Indeku. In the studio were Amani National Congress party Nairobi Chapter Chairman Brian Mulama and Nairobi senatorial aspirant with Jubilee party Agnes. Alongside the two was a city politician popularly known as hawker.
Mulama, who is a top official in ANC, began by expressing his sympathies for Mwaura, regretting that the vocal politician was unable to clinch the UDA ticket for Ruiru constituency. He conveyed his condolences before revealing that if Mwaura decamps to ANC, then they would give him a nomination slot.
The Ruiru constituency UDA nomination exercise has been full of intrigues, with the announcement of a winner in Ruiru being halted after some polling stations failed to conduct the nomination exercise over violence.
Although provisional results indicated that the incumbent MP Simon King’ara was leading with 4, 688 votes beating his closest opponent and nominated senator Isaac Mwaura with 2, 428, he could not be announced as the winner after three polling stations in Mwiki Ward failed to conduct the exercise. Nevertheless, technically King’ara is the winner, and the delay is just a formality matter.
According to King’ara, the exercise was halted after aspirants in the MCA position failed to agree on the provided register and delay in delivery of ballot materials.
Mwaura on his side dismissed the entire electoral process as shambolic claiming it was marred by major irregularities including alleged voter bribery, delayed delivery of materials and expulsion of his agents from stations where tallying was being done.
Mwaura who urged UDA to declare the nomination as null and void and conduct the exercise afresh said he had substantial evidence to prove that the exercise was not free and fair.
“We will file a formal complaint to the party because what happened in Ruiru was not an election. It was all shambolic and the evidence we have is very clear. We want UDA to declare the exercise null and void and allow Ruiru people to engage in a free and fair electoral process,” he said.
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