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Nyamira Senator comes out of left field, declares interest in Presidency

The Nyamira Senator doing a jig at a Nairobi Hotel on Tuesday when he declared his interest in the Presidency/KENNEDY MURITHI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 27 — Nyamira Senator Monga’re Okong’o has declared his intent to run for the Presidency in the 2017 General Elections.

Senator Okong’o said he has the support of 28 political parties, adding he will announce his preferred party ticket at a later date.

He said he has taken the decision to run for the top seat — to change the country’s policies — fully aware of the incredulous reception his announcement would receive.

“I know I will be viciously attacked, branded all sorts of names including spoiler, project… (I will be) dismissed and even ignored, but I am prepared to stay the course,” said Okong’o at the Serena Hotel.

Okong’o says he will overhaul the land tenure system and deal decisively with corruption by expanding the functions of the asset recovery agency if elected president.

“We will reshape our country’s foreign policy to reclaim our honor and respect in the community of democratic nations. Kenya will be listened to by all… we will especially resolve the Migingo issue and deal with the issues of Kenyan’s languishing in foreign prisons.”

The Senator had in early December sued the IEBC for not taking action against politicians engaged in pre-mature campaigns contrary to the Electoral law.

Okong’o wants the electoral body to take disciplinary action on CORD and Jubilee leaders for engaging in early campaign activities.

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