Uhuru, Raila face off as Nkaissery endorses Jubilee Kajiado candidate
15 February 2015, 10:17
Nairobi - Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has supported a candidate from the Jubilee Alliance Party for the upcoming Kajiado Central constituency by elections.
Nkaissery was on the campaign trail with president Uhuru Kenyatta Friday as the president sought support for Patrick Tutui who will carry the party's flag in the elections.
He will face off with Orange Democratic Movement ODM's Kanchori Memusi as the major forces in the by election next month.
Speaking during a ceremony to hand Tutui his election nomination certificate, Nkaissery reiterated that he was no longer of any political inclination but told supporters that now that he is in government, they should follow him there.
Nkaissery won the Kajiado Central seat in the 2013 General Election on an ODM ticket, the odd one out of the five Kajiado constituencies which are all under the ruling Jubilee coalition.
" I do not have any political inclination. I am here to do my job of ensuring there is security," he said when quizzed of his presence at the Jubilee headquarters.
" That said, now I am in government and if you support me, you support the government," he added.
There is set to be a herculean battle for the seat, with ODM's Kanchuri a very popular candidate in the region as News24 has been made to understand.
It is said that there is still acrimony over Tutui's nomination victory over Memusi, which many supporters were unhappy with and which has added an edge to the upcoming by election.
ODM is also in overdrive as the election nears, with plans already afoot to have the party top brass as well as leaders from the CORD coalition campaign heavily to help retain the seat.
" We have grand plans for the by election," ODM Director of Elections Mohammed Junet said, insisting that the party was looking forward to the scrap for the seat with Jubilee.
" It is an almighty battle. We have recently won in Homa Bay so we will be in good form to retain the seat," he added.
Odinga also met with a number of supporter groups and officials Saturday as he oversaw plans to ensure the by election will be won by his party.
It will make for an interest month ahead, with the elections set for a month today.
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