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Monday, 22 May 2017 14:18 EATlmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
Kigumo MP Jamleck has left a major mark in Murang'a County politics by agreeing to have the Jubilee Party gubernatorial nomination given to his opponent, incumbent governor Mwangi wa Iria, despite having successfully challenges the credibility of the nomination process at the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal.
‘As far as am concerned I won the nomination but there was massive rigging. I am pleased with the tribunal’s decision but I have decided not to tire the people of Murang’a in a repeat process, in the Murang’a governor race as he will still steal my votes," the MP said yesterday, thereby handing the ticket to Mr Wa Iria.
This comes after the Political Parties Dispute Resolution Tribunal ordered a repeat poll within 48 hours, giving Mr Kamau a second chance to square it out with Wa Iria, who had moved to the High Court to challenge the decision made by the Kyalo Mbobu-led ribunal. Mr Kamau further urged the party to issue the certificate to his opponent adding that he will not quit Jubilee.
“I will not be in the ballot come August. I will nevertheless support President Uhuru Kenyatta,” said the MP, who garnered 118,274 votes against Wa Iria’s 205,976 during the April 26 primaries. The had challenged the results by saying that the number of people who voted by in excess of those in the party's register.
Those that cast their ballots were 330,125 while those that registered members in the county were 276,000. However, implementation of ruling would affect all electoral seats in the county, a complication Mr Kamau must have foreseen in his agreeing to forego the seat.
All in all, Mr Kamau's decision not to put the people through another election has been welcomed by his supporters and opponents alike, and he is expected to play an important role in the county's politics in the next five years and beyond, as a shadow opposition and leader recognised for his sacrifice.