NAIROBI, Kenya May 4 – Former Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi will vie as an independent candidate for the Laikipia Governor’s seat.
In a statement, Mwangi said he made the decision after learning that the Jubilee Party tribunal was planning to nullify the contested nomination results also questioned by other candidates like Ndiritu Mureithi.
“In light of this verdict, whose net effect is to disenfranchise and deny the vast majority of members of the Jubilee Party in Laikipia County a Political Party avenue they had hoped and opted for, through a freely and fair elected nominee of their choice, I find myself with little option but to heed and obey the outcry and the loud calls emanating from Laikipia especially the thousands of my supporters who have urged me to vie for the seat of Governor as an Independent candidate,” he said.
The results showed that Muriithi was ahead but his competitors, including incumbent Governor Joshua Irungu insist the entire voting process was flawed.
Jubilee party was set to make a ruling on the appeals filed by candidates later Thursday.
The former PS said he rejected the nomination results because “they were chaotic and grossly flawed.”