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Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 16:17 EATcwainaina@kenyafreepress.com
Embakasi Central Constituency in Nairobi is among the new ones created before the 2013 general elections. Its first Member of Parliament is John Ndirangu who also previously served as Nairobi mayor. Several candidates have declared interest in the seat and questions are being raised whether Ndirangu would outshine them and reclaim his seat.
Those who have lined up to challenge him include Joseph Muorote Wanjiru who is a member of PNU, Joseph Muorote is also known as Bro Mzungu whose party has not been disclosed, Benjamin Gathiru Mawngi of the Jubilee Party, Njogu Wa Njoroge, a radio personality in Gukena FM who is also in the Jubilee Party, and and Bishop Newton Wanjala of the opposition coalition National Super Alliance (NASA).
Ndirangu won the seat after garnering 37,168 votes while his serious challenger Lameck Siage got 20,623. Whether he is contesting for the seat is not known. Born on May 1, 1962, Ndirangu was elected MP on The National Alliance (TNA) ticket. Later, he survived an election petition by Kituo cha Sheria which questioed his integrity. The petition was dismissed by the court saying it was defective in law.
As he strategizes seeking re-election, there are unresolved challenges in the constituency which could stand on his way, with insecurity top. There have been cases of insecurity in the constitutency especially police killings in Kayole, about which the MP is seen as doing nothing to advocate for the people's rights.
There are those who believe that, as most of the people involved in crime are the youths, the constituency needs a leader who will help to have the youths engaged in job opportunities to avoid all the crimes witnessed in the constituency. Joblessness is a major challenge also linked to crime as most of the people involved in crimes are jobless. Another challenge that the constituency face is water shortage. People are forced to buy water with a 20-litre jerican goinfor Sh50.
Poor heath and poverty among the voters in the constituency are other challenges Ndirangu has to grapple with before the Election Day. Those opposed to the incumbent have joined the electorate in complaining about the misappropriation of CDF and want the MP to explain how Sh335 million the amount the constituency has received in the last four years has been utilized.
They have put the legislator on notice to explain why Kayole 1 Health Center staff houses, which was one of the CDF project since 2013/2014 at a cost of Sh4,482,759, has not been completed to date. They have also lined up what they refer to as ‘ghost projects’ said to have consumed millions of CDF money with a demand that the MP comes out clear on the matter.