Kenya National African Union (KANU) has withdrawn from Nakuru’s London by-election in support of Jubilee party’s candidate.
According to the KANU secretary general Nick Salat, the decision to withdraw was formed by the post-election coalition deal that they signed with the ruling Jubilee party.
The decision by KANU to withdraw its candidate from this London Ward by-election comes few days after the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) equally withdrew from the contest in a bid to back the Jubilee candidate.
The looming London ward by-election is one of the many by-elections in the country that has seen the deputy president William Ruto fill his candidates in the regions, something which has been seen as a move to test his new party United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
The Nakuru London county assembly seat felt vacant after their MCA Sammy Mbugua succumbed to suspected Covid-19 complications in November 19th 2020.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui mourned the lawmaker as an honest and hardworking leader who displayed a great zeal in resolving his constituents’ problems.
The death of the London ward MCA came just weeks after MCA John Njuguna of Hells Gate ward passed on at the Nakuru Nursing Home Hospital.
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Amongst the hotly contested races is the Matungu parliamentary by-election pitting Orange Democratic Movement candidate against Musalia Mudavadi’s party Amani National Congress and Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance.
These major candidates include David Were of ODM, Alex Lanya of UDA, Peter Oscar Nabulindo of ANC, Charles Kasamani of UDP, Paul Achayo of MDG and Auma Faida of Maendeleo Chap Chap.