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DP Ruto-linked party UDA fields candidate in Nairobi by-election

Former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru is set to vie for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat using Deputy President William Ruto linked party United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket.

The former legislator who doubles up as a Bishop noted that her main agenda is to improve service delivery within the county.

Wanjiru said that she would be keen to end the perennial water shortage in the city as well as improve the status of city markets.

She further urged her opponents to run a peaceful campaign.

UDA party which was previously identified as the Party for Development and Reform (PDR) was formed by leaders allied to the DP.

This came just a day after the High Court barred the electoral agency from conducting a gubernatorial by-election in Nairobi until the hearing of several cases challenging the ouster of former Governor Mike Sonko is heard.

Judge Antony Mrima in his ruling suspended a gazette notice by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which set February 18 as the day to elect a new city governor.

The ruling now puts the fate of the city-county in limbo as the 90 day by-election clock continues to run.

“The special gazette notice no 10914 dated December 21, 2020, issued by IEBC is hereby suspended until the hearing and determination of the amended notice of motion is heard and determined,” the judge ruled.

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    Written by James Mulanda

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