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Monday, 08 May 2017 19:31 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
Residents of Mwingi Central will have to wait a little longer to know who is who to run Wiper ticket in their constituency. The two contesters who are vying for that post are former Law Society of Kenya (LSK) boss Erick Kyalo Mutua and businessman Gideon Mutemi Mulyungi. The incumbent MP for Mwingi Central is Joel Mutambu who was elected to office through Wiper party ticket but he defected to Jubilee Party.
Mr Mutua moved to the High Court over the weekend to have Mr Mulyungi punished by the electoral commission by being debarred from running for the seat on the basis that the aspirant had perpetrated violence and other electoral crimes. The former LSK boss was not satisfied with an earlier ruling requiring the Wiper party to conduct repeat primaries in the constituency.
As the dispute rages on, according to analysts from the area, Mr Mutua continues to edge his opponent, with residents accusing Mr Mulyungi of allegedly having little for the people when he was a senior government official.
Mr Mutua, on the other hand, is trusted by youths who say he has helped a number of them in getting jobs, handling their cases in court for free and indulged himself in harambees for the benefit of local citizens of Mwingi and Kitui County in general.