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Two horse race in Tharaka Nithi as MP Njuki cleared to vie for governorship

The Chuka constituency legislator expressed optimism of clinching victory in the county, which is a seen as a Jubilee stronghold/CFM NEWS

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 2 – Tharaka Nithi Jubilee gubernatorial candidate Muthomi Njuki is among leaders cleared by the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC) across the country to run for respective positions.

The Chuka constituency legislator expressed optimism of clinching victory in the county, which is a seen as a Jubilee stronghold.

“The race has started and we will stop at the finishing line; the victory is ours,” the legislator who was accompanied by hundreds of supporters said.

He will be facing off with Samuel Ragwa, the incumbent, who will be defending his seat on a NARC Kenya ticket.

Njuki urged his competitors to carry out a peaceful campaign. “We must put our people first even as week campaign,” Njuki said.

Tharaka Nithi is a key county going with its numbers of registered voters and both Jubilee and the National Super Alliance are keen to get a share in August.

In Nairobi, all gubernatorial candidates were cleared, setting the stage for vigorous campaigns from all the candidates led by the incumbent Governor Evans Kidero and Senator Mike Sonko of the Jubilee Party.

Others include Independent candidates Peter Kenneth and Miguna Miguna.

“We are ready. I think the people of Nairobi want good ideas, not acts of theatrics and disruption. We want to conduct mature campaigns that will endear us to the people,” Kenneth said after he received his certificate.

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“We start our campaigns on Monday and we will visit all the constituencies and do door-to-door campaigns, so we are very ready for this,” he stated.

On his part, Miguna exuded the confidence of trouncing his competitors, whom he says have integrity issues.

Miguna appeared before the IEBC in the company of his new running mate, Caren Wanjiku, a 29 year old business lady, whom he says represent the interests of the youths within the County.

He vowed to roll out a massive campaign in all parts of the City that will be issue based.

“I have told the country before that our opponents comprise just one thing – a group of people who have used their positions of power to loot public resources,” Miguna said.

He went on to accuse the incumbent governor of mismanaging public resources, saying voters must send him packing.

He promised to transform the city by ensuring corruption is rooted out and job opportunities are created.

Also cleared is the Nakuru Jubilee Candidate for the Governor’s seat Lee Kinyanjui, who will face off with the incumbent Kinuthia Mbugua.

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