, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 5 – The Wiper Democratic Party now says that former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has not expressed any interest to vie for the Makueni senatorial seat.
The party said that although Musyoka had remained mum on the issue, four other Kenyans had declared interest and Wiper would reveal the candidate on Saturday.
Chairman David Musila told journalists on Wednesday that the party was not be able to conduct party nominations because of the time constraints and instead interviewed and picked the most suitable candidate.
“Four candidates have shown interest. They wrote to us after we advertised but of course there is agitation from the public that the former VP vies but as of now he has not expressed any desire to run,” he said.
He added that the party had closed its doors for any interested applicants and embarked on the vetting process ahead of the by-election slated for July 22.
“We are not open because we closed the applications on Monday but we are consulting widely and when we settle on a candidate, it will be a collective effort,” Musila explained.
The by-election follows the demise of Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo, who died in unclear circumstances at his Maanzoni home on April 27, this year.
The post mortem results are also due in July after pathologists asked for more time to conduct a thorough investigation.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has issued the Makueni County Returning Officer Guracha Boru a notice to conduct the by election after the seat was declared vacant by Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro on May 13.
The law requires that a by-election is held within 90 days from the occurrence of a vacancy.
The commission has prepared a budget of Sh225 million which it has presented to the National Treasury for consideration and approval.