Talk of Nairobi Governorship dominates NFK party dissolution

Talks of the Nairobi gubernatorial race yesterday dominated the meeting to ratify the dissolution of New Ford Kenya (NFK) party with at least five MPs declaring their support for Water Cabinet Secretary Eugine Wamalwa.

NFK is among the 11 political parties that closed shop yesterday to merge into the yet to be launched Jubilee Party.

Mr Wamalwa who was until his appointment to the cabinet, the NFK party leader attended the ceremony and received loud backings from MPs present to go for Nairobi governorship.

MPs Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), James Gakuya (Embakasi North), Stephen Kariuki (Mathare) and Isaac Mwaura (ODM Nominated) threw their weight behind the former MP saying he is the best placed Jubilee candidate to wrest power from incumbent Evans Kidero.

“In the spirit of inclusion, we decree and declare that Hon. Wamalwa will be our next Governor for Nairobi City County,” Nominated MP Mwaura announced.

His sentiments received immediate backing from Waititu who reiterated his earlier endorsement for Wamalwa.

He argued that Nairobi governorship should be given to the CS, so that President Uhuru Kenyatta can be assured of the Luhyia community votes.

Wamalwa has publicly declared his interest to become the next governor of Kenya’s capital city and has been working with former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru with whom they are expected to launch a joint bid.

Ms Wanjiru’s son, Mathare MP Stephen Kariuki also endorsed the pairing saying it will deliver the seat held by the opposition coalition’s Dr Kidero to Jubilee.

Wamalwa is widely expected to run for the top job with Wanjiru as his deputy.

Six other candidates including Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja and Dagoretti MP Dennis Waweru have also expressed interest in the seat and they will seek to vie on a Jubilee Party ticket.

At the event, CORD legislators defected to Jubilee Party citing various reasons for the shift in their allegiance.

Leading the team of defectors to Jubilee was FORD Kenya party National chairman and Turkana senator John Munyes, Sirisia MP John Waluke and nominated MP Isaac Mwaura among others who officially announced they were moving to the new party.

“I am from the Opposition, but let us support President Uhuru and do away with tribalism,” said Waluke, a close ally of former ODM secretary general Ababu Namwamba.

Waluke argued that the Jubilee administration had performed well in developing the country contrary to claims by the opposition that the government has nothing to show for the four years it has been in power.

Mwaura, who is eyeing the Ruiru parliamentary seat, told the delegates that he had shared with his party leader the decision to join Jubilee.

“I told Raila thank you for nominating me on ODM, but 2017 I am going to Jubilee,” he said.

The movements came even as CORD leader Raila Odinga dared those plotting to ditch the opposition party to leave saying they will not be intimidated.

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