Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has withdrawn his Peoples Empowerment Party (PEP) candidate from the Kiambaa by-election in favor of Ruto’s UDA aspirant.
It is worth noting that Ruto allies including MPs Kimani Inchungwa (Kikuyu) and Rigathi Gacagua (Mathira) had earlier on locked horns with Moses Kuria over the Kiambaa by-election.
This was after Kuria’s outfit PEP had announced to field Raymond Kuria against UDA party which had settled on John Njuguna.
However, the legislator on Monday, May 24, said the decision to withdraw its candidate was reached after he held extensive discussion with his boss and deputy president Willian Samoei Ruto.
“Yesterday I held extensive discussions with my boss and friend William Ruto on this matter. To make my two colleagues happy and above all for the unity of the Hustler Nation, PEP will NOT be fielding a candidate for the Kiambaa by-election,” Kuria said.
Kuria, who appeared to regret his earlier action, apologised to the residents, saying the people of Kiambaa would be outraged by him.
The Tanga Tanga-allied MP added that he would join the UDA party for the good of the whole nation and meet other leaders who are determined to seek elective positions in the next General Election under the Hustler movement.
Kuria’s party PEP recently defeated Jubilee machinery in the just ended Juja Parliamentary by-election in Kiambu County after UDA allies drummed up support for Kuria knowing that he will do the same for UDA in Kiambaa.
Goerge Koimburi of UDA floored Jubilee competitor Susan Waititu after he garnered 12,159 votes against Waititu’s 5,746.
Karanja Kariri Njama has been nominated to be the Jubilee candidate in the Kiambaa by-elections and is expected to contest against John Njuguna of UDA.
The seat fell vacant after former Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange succumbed to Covid-19 on March 31.