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Monday Kibaki's embarassing moment, says aspirant

01 March 2013, 12:28 Wangui Joseph

Othaya parliamentary seat aspirant on Wednesday issued a warning of an embarrassing moment to outgoing area MP, President Mwai Kibaki for taking sides in the area politics ahead of Monday elections.

Ringaru Gichane of Alliance Party of Kenya (APK) criticized the president for supporting and campaigning for Gichuki Mugambi, an aspiring candidate on a SabaSaba Asili party ticket.

Free to vote for anyone fit

He confidently said Othaya people have set their mind and are free to vote for anyone they feel fit to lead them.

This came after Kibaki’s Thursday visit to campaign for Mugambi was cancelled at the last minute.

Endorsement affected other aspirants

Gichane conceded that campaigns for other aspirants were largely affected by the endorsement since the president is influential in the constituency which he has represented in parliament since 1974.

He anticipated winning the seat with a landslide despite the endorsement.

“Mugambi is a man of integrity and is development conscious. I want him to continue with work that I have left,” said the president during the endorsement ceremony.

Kibaki further said that he would like to leave the constituents in safe hands of an educated, hardworking and experienced person.

He claimed that Mugambi is capable of articulating issues compared to his rivals whom he termed as uneducated and inexperienced.

The SabaSaba Asili ticket holder has been the chairman of Othaya Development Association for a decade now, a group that is responsible for initiating development projects in the constituency.

His closest rival Mary Wambui of TNA earlier condemned the President’s move saying he would have let people make their choice without being influenced by any one.

Spent 3 days campaigning to "neutralize" other parties

The endorsement took TNA party officials to send Mike Mbuvi ‘Sonko’ and Rachel Shebesh to camp in Othaya for three days campaigning for Wambui’s bid.

Nevertheless, all TNA candidates in the region (Nyeri County) started campaigning as a team in bid to neutralize other parties.

More so, Jubilee flag bearer Uhuru Kenyatta landed in the region last weekend to enhance campaigns for his party (TNA) candidates.

Earlier, Kibaki had not shown his preference among all candidates until February 14 when Mugambi was allowed in the President’s functions while all the rest were denied access, including the former head of Presidential escort Esau Kioni who is running on DP ticket.

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