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Matungu: Late MP’s wife, step son join by-election

The wife to the late Matungu MP Justus Murunga, Christabel Murunga, and his stepson, Eugene Ambwere, have joined the by-election race.

The two will be vying for the Matungu Parliamentary seat as independent candidates, and are now among the 23 aspirants that the IEBC has lined up for vetting ahead of the March 4 by-elections.

“I intend to finish the term my father left. I understand a lot of ideas he had in mind for Matungu, and I want to fulfill them,” Ambwere said.

The late Matungu MP died from COVID-19 on November 14.

His family joining the race will no doubt lead to intrigue in the by-election.

Matungu Returning Officer, John Kirui, said they were expecting their nomination forms back on January 18 after validation.

The IEBC had on Thursday directed aspirants to get their documents ready before January 18 for presentation.

Independent candidates will need to have their proposers and seconders accompanying them.

Kirui further said that independent candidates needed not to have been members of any political party three months before the election.

Considering that this is their first foray into politics, both Christabel and her son, Ambwere, pass this hurdle.

However, the two will have to face candidates nominated by powerful political parties including David Were of ODM, Abel Mutimba of Ford-Kenya, Alex Lanya of the United Democratic Alliance and Charles Kasamani from the United Democratic Party.

Jubilee announced that they will not field any candidate in the by-election citing BBI unity.

This is despite nominating Raphael Werimo for the post.

Werimo, though, said he would still support Jubilee.

“I’ll be like other people, defect from Jubilee to compete as an independent candidate,” Werimo told journalists.

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    Written by James Mulanda

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