, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 1 – Jimnah Mbaru of the Alliance Party of Kenya has silenced his critics after securing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) clearance to vie for the post of governor in Nairobi County.
Mbaru, who defected from The National Alliance (TNA) after failing to clinch the party ticket, has picked former Orange Democratic Movement Kamukunji politician Ibrahim Mohammed alias Johnny as his running mate.
Mbaru says that his main promise to the people of Nairobi will be to address poverty in the city.
“We will adopt a three pillar solution to the problem of urban poverty, we want to create opportunities in the city first by turning the city into a Africa’s business capital to generate a lot of employment opportunities,” promised Mbaru.
Mbaru who is touted as appealing to the middle class says he has strategized his campaigns to reach to every voter in the city.
“We will still keep twitter as medium for sending messages but we are now going out to campaign and ensure that every voter comes out and vote because we have the policies. Twitter is meaningless unless people come out to vote,” added Mbaru who was accompanied by his wife and daughter.
TNA had last Friday asked IEBC to bar the businessman from contesting in the upcoming general election arguing that he was still a member of Uhuru Kenyatta’s party.
TNA had through its Legal Affairs Secretary Jasper Mbiuki insisted that by joining APK after the January 18 deadline, Mbaru had contravened the electoral law which barred party hopping after January 18.
Also cleared for the gubernatorial battle was former Town Clerk Philip Kisia who defected from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) to the Federal Party of Kenya where he received direct nomination.
Fifty year old Kisia insists that he owes the city in which he has grown up a lot, top of which is addressing insecurity.
“I am not presenting myself because I have seen power but because I want to serve the people. I have done it before and can do it again,” says Kisia who has previously served as the Chairman of the Avenue Park Welfare Association (a residential association) and as a former chairman of the Nairobi Central Business District Association.
Other priorities he aims to address are the construction of markets through public private partnerships, refurbishing the city’s road network and addressing in the long term issues of solid waste.
Kisia will be deputised by graphic designer Martin Atito.
He will now face off with TNA’s Ferdinand Waititu, ODM’s Evans Kidero and Richard Kavemba of Wiper Democratic Movement among other aspirants.
In Kisumu, Jack Ranguma has also been cleared after he failed to secure the ticket on Thursday due queries over his academic papers.
In Nyamira senatorial race former LSK Chairman Okong’o Omogeni has been handed the ODM ticket after IEBC nullifies its earlier decision allowing Abuya Abuya to contest.