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Kiambu governor contest turns nasty as Waititu alleges Kabogo plans to “steal votes”

“If you are vying for MCA position, please focus on how to be one in 2017. If you want to be an MP then focus on how to be an MP. Stop talking too much about another race in which you have no interest," he said.

By Tobbie WekesaMonday, 10 Oct 2016 19:15 EAT

Kabete MP Ferdinande Waititu with Ruiru MP Esther Gathogo at the function. (Photo: Tobbie Wekesa/Kenya Free Press).

The MP for Kabete Ferdinand Waititu has alleged that Kiambu governor William Kabogo was planning to "steal" nominations for Kiambu gubernatorial elections next year. The MP, while speaking at a fundraising for fire victims held in Kahawa Wendani in Ruiru sub-county, claimed he was so popular in the county that Mr Kabogo could only win by "stealing" his votes.

Without providing evidence of the alleged plans by the governor, Mr Waititu said he had traversed the whole of Kiambu County familiarizing himself with the electorate and Mr Kabogo could only retain the seat through foul play. 

“Nimeanza kutembea Kiambu nzima. Na ninajua tutamenyana na Kabogo. Ni Mungu tu atanisimamisha kwa hii safari. Kabogo asifikirie ataiba kura yangu. (I have traversed the county meeting voters. Kabogo should not play games in this election,” Waititu told a charged crowd. The MP accused the governor of hatching a plan to lock him out of competition for the Kiambu governorship, citing Mr Kabogo's insistence that his academic credentials are fake.

"The governor has taken me to court because of my degree I got from India. He has made me use my money and time trying to defend what I genuinely got. I am optimistic the case will end very soon. But I think even his own academic papers should also be scrutinized,” said Waititu.

He asked the people of Kahawa to elect him as the next governor of Kiambu, saying he had the necessary experience in leadership. “I started as a councillor. Then deputy mayor in Nairobi. I was then elected  Member of Parliament for Embakasi and former president Kibaki appointed me an assistant minister in his government  because of my hardwork. So I am ready to serve you and bring change in the county,” Waititu told the crowd.

He promised the voters that he would ensure that everybody took part in governance, adding that he would start a kitty for men to empower the gender in the county. He also warned other aspirants contesting for different seats other than governorship that they should focus their energy on their own seats. 

“If you are vying for MCA position, please focus on how to be one in 2017. If you want to be an MP then focus on how to be an MP. Stop talking too much about another race in which you have no interest," he said.

In attendance was local MP Esther Gathogo, who represents Ruiru constituency. She asked her competitors to show voters what they had done to deserve election into office.

The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press





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