Kenya: Kuria’s PEP withdraws from Kiambaa by-election after talks with DP Ruto
Nairobi – The People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) associated with Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria will not present a candidate in the upcoming parliamentary by-elections in Kiambaa.
Kuria on Monday announced the withdrawal of the July 15 ballot, thus avoiding simmering wars of internal supremacy with colleagues from the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu) and Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira) in the backyard from Kiambu County of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Gachagua recently locked horns with Kuria on how the Hustler Movement alliance, led by Vice President William Ruto, will approach the Kiambaa by-elections after the UDA clashed with John Njuguna to fly his flag in the race. while the PEP unveiled Raymond Kuria as its candidate.
In an article posted to his social media pages, Kuria said the party’s decision was made after extensive discussions with Ruto.
“Yesterday I had extensive discussions with my boss and friend HE Dr William Ruto on this matter. To make my two colleagues happy and especially for the unity of the Hustler Nation, PEP will NOT present a candidate for the Kiambaa. by election, “he said.
The lawmaker apologized to Kiambaa residents and the PEP candidate, but noted that the party will now focus on a nationwide tour as it prepares for the 2022 general election.
“The PEP’s message of hope and renewal was approved by voters in Gaturi Ward in Muranga on December 15, 2020 and in Juja constituency on May 18, 2021. We wanted to present this message for the approval of the residents of the Kiambaa constituency on July 15. However, it did not go very well with my colleagues, especially Rigathi Gachagua and Kimani Ichungwa, ”Kuria said.
He said the PEP is a member and stakeholder of the Hustler Nation alongside the former UDA led by Machakos Johnson Muthama, the Service Party (TSP) of former Cabinet Secretary of Agriculture Mwangi Kiunjuri and the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) led by Omingo Magara, which “provide a platform for political participation and leadership mentoring for a new generation of leaders and professionals.”
“While the PEP is driven by our ordinary men and women, mostly young people, our sister party UDA is largely driven by my colleagues, the incumbent MPs whom I respect a lot. Both compliment each other,” the lawmaker said. Gatundu South.
The ruling Jubilee Party appointed Karanja Kariri Njama to be its standard bearer in the by-elections which were occasioned by the disappearance of former MP Paul Koinange.