, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 1 – Kiarie Kamere of the New Democrats Party on Friday quit the race for Gatundu South parliamentary by-election leaving The National Alliance’s (TNA) Moses Kuria unopposed.
The by-election which was occasioned by the death of former MP Joseph Ngugi Nyumu is slated for Thursday.
Kamere, who was declared third in the March 2013 polls, told a news conference that he was pulling out because he did not wish to antagonise President Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA party in his home turf.
“Gatundu South Constituency is the home of our beloved President Uhuru Kenyatta. I don’t wish to be the cause, or be associated with political divisions and unnecessary tensions in the President’s backyard,” said the New Democrats Party candidate.
“It is with this in mind and out of the deep respect for our President, Uhuru Kenyatta, that I this morning announce my decision to withdraw my candidature from the race doe the Gatundu South Parliamentary seat.”
President Kenyatta was the area MP for two terms from 2002 until 2013 when he vied for the Presidency.
Kamere noted that political contests can be acrimonious and cause huge rifts and polarise a community. TNA has had to deal with a silent rebellion after Kiambu MPs openly refused to endorse Kuria for the seat.
TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo on Wednesday warned party MPs and MCAs who have declined to support Kuria of disciplinary action.
Oloo said the party will not just sit and watch as MPs and MCAs, who were elected on the party ticket, abandon the party candidate at the eleventh hour.
The New Democrat Candidate thanked his supporters and friends for their support and pledged continues serving them through other initiatives.
“I am sure that many of my friends and supporters will feel disappointed and let down. But, it is important sometimes to step away from the tree in front of you in order to behold the forest,” Kamere stated.