October 17th 2017

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Civil society leaders join politics, seek to fight from within

"The entry into politics by these colleagues is a very inspiring move that will enable us build a new political leadership in Kenya. We must revive the spirit of Pio Gama Pinto and Bildad Kaggia,” said Gacheke Gachihi, the Nairobi-based social rights activist in regard to his colleagues' political a

By Nyambura Muthoninmuthoni@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 22 Apr 2017 17:46 EAT

Activist Boniface Mwangi during a previous demonstration.

At least a dozen notable civil society campaigners are running for various offices in constituencies from the Indian Ocean coast to Nyanza. Leading the pack are Boaz Waruku who is vying in the ODM nominations for the Karachuonyo parliamentary seat and Okiya Omtata who is contesting the Busia senate seat on a Ford-Kenya ticket. Mr Omtata got automatic nomination on Ford-Kenya and will face incumbent Amos Wako of ODM.

From the Coast, Jeremiah Kiwoi is running for the open Taita Taveta senate seat, running on the Social Democratic Party platform. Boniface Mwangi is running an independent candidate for the Starehe parliamentary seat in Nairobi. Benedict Aminer and Salim Odeny and running for the Ukwala and Usenge MCA positions. Both wards are part of the Siaya County Assembly, and the two aspirants are both seeking the ODM ticket. Though not part of mainstream civil society, Professor Michael Wainaina is vying for the presidency as an independent candidate.

"The entry into politics by these colleagues is a very inspiring move that will enable us build a new political leadership in Kenya. We must revive the spirit of Pio Gama Pinto and Bildad Kaggia,” said Gacheke Gachihi, the Nairobi-based social rights activist in regard to his colleagues' political ambitions.

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