, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 25 – President Mwai Kibaki has now endorsed Gichuki Mugambi as his preferred successor for the Othaya parliamentary seat.
The president endorsed Mugambi while touring several projects in the constituency.
Mugambi’s main challenger for the seat, Mary Wambui, has previously urged locals to ignore any form of endorsement of her rival after Kibaki’s son Jimmy campaigned for him.
While declaring his support for Mugambi, the president appreciated the efforts of the Othaya Development Association chairman, and asked the area residents to consider electing him as he has demonstrated his capabilities in supervising many development projects in the constituency.
“Mugambi has been involved in the implementation of many projects and hence has the required experience to continue representing the Othaya people,” the Head of State said.
Two weeks ago, Wambui was blocked by President Kibaki’s security detail, but allowed Mugambi to venues where the Head of State was inspecting projects.
Mugambi is vying on a Saba Saba Asili ticket while Wambui is The National Alliance party candidate.
On his part, the Othaya Development Association Chairman who also accompanied the president observed that he was ready to continue with the same development tempo if elected as the area MP in the coming polls.
Mugambi said that he has what it takes to spearhead more development in the constituency and urged the area residents to give him a chance.
“Mr president you are also a voter in Othaya and I ask for your vote,” Mugambi said.
Kibaki has represented Othaya residents as Member of Parliament since 1974 and told his constituents that he was prepared to retire.
The president said: “During my term the area and the country has witness many projects initiated and completed in various fields and that should be carried on.”
President Mwai Kibaki also urged Kenyans to elect leaders that have a good development record. The president noted that wananchi had an opportunity to elect leaders of their choice in the coming polls but they should look into one’s experience and capabilities.
“Some aspirants are using money to entice voters to elect them, they have nothing to show in terms of development so ignore them,” Kibaki stated.