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Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:50 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndung’u has approved Kitui Senator David Musila as an independent candidate to contest the county's gubernatorial seat in the August 8 general elections. The symbol comprises of a hand holding a flag with the words
“Your application was considered and the hand holding a flag symbol is recommended as it is not similar to the symbol of a fully registered political party. Kindly forward the symbol to IEBC pursuant to Section 32 and 33 of the Elections Act, 2”, Ms Ndung’u says in a letter to Mr Musila dated May 2.
The senator resigned as the Wiper Democratic Movement chairman and party member last week, a day after Governor Julius Malombe was announced winner of the party’s Kitui nomination. Mr Musila, who says he won the vote, blamed Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka for his loss in the contest and promised to consult his supporters on his next political move.
It was widely believed in the region that Mr Musyoka favoured Dr Malombe in the contest in order to avoid a conflict of interest since he comes from the same backyard of Mwingi Sub County with Musila. Mr Malombe comes from Kitui Central, the same locality as NARC party leader Charity Ngilu who is seeking the position. Mr Musila's entry as an independent candidate complicates Mr Musyoka’s equation, and the race has now shaped up a three-prong battle.
Mr Musila could be advantaged in the race if he were to consolidate the three constituencies in Mwingi sub county; Mwingi North, Mwingi West and Mwingi Central. Since Dr Malombe and Ngilu come from Kitui Central, other constituencies (Kitui West, Kitui Rural, Mutito and Kitui South) would be up for grabs.
The three have not named their running mates and therefore depending on which constituency they will be picked from will also affect the voting pertain.