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Defending seat as an independent, Nakuru governor picks new running mate

"We finished our first term with my loyal deputy and we have never had a problem with him and we have discussed and he may not be very keen to seek re-election and its on that condition that I have been forced to seek for a new running mate,” said Mr Mbugua.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comFriday, 19 May 2017 13:27 EAT

Mr Mbugua and his new running mate Peter Ketyenya addressing media. (Photo: Jackson Okata/Kenya Free Press).

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has dropped his deputy Joseph Ruto and picked a new running mate for the August general elections. Mr Mbugua has settled on Dr Peter Ketyenya as he prepares to defend his seat on as an independent ticket. Mr Mbugua was trounced by former NTSA boss Lee Kinyanjui in the Jubilee Party primaries.

Addressing the media today in Nakuru Town this morning, Mr Mbugua said his decision to settle on a new running mate was motivated by the ‘unwillingness’ of his current deputy to seek re-election together with him. 

"We finished our first term with my loyal deputy and we have never had a problem with him and we have discussed and he may not be very keen to seek re-election and its on that condition that I have been forced to seek for a new running mate,” said Mr Mbugua.

The governor thanked everyone who voted for him during the primaries for having trust in him and his government and said his decision to seek re-election as an independent candidate came after "huge and wide consultations" with professionals, business community, religious leaders and his family.

“Following the nominations I have continued to consult, I have talked and listened to various and valued views of groups who expressed reservations of the nomination process and it is because of their own consul and my own conviction that I have decided to seek reelection as an independent candidate,” he said.

He stated that many people have prevailed upon him to seek re-election after expressing their reservations on the nomination process by the Jubilee Party, saying he still had a chance of winning the next election arguing that many people did not turn out to vote during the nomination exercise.

He added that it was his democratic and constitutional right to defend his seat, saying he won't let the people of Nakuru down. He thanked the Jubilee Party and its leadership for the support they have been extending to his government for the last four years. He vowed to continue supporting the president and his deputy promising to mobilize votes for their re-election.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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