Kenya: Former Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu is considering joining the race to succeed slain Kabete MP George Muchai. Mr Waititu is said to have made the decision over the weekend after meeting some grass-roots leaders from the constituency. The former MP has held several meetings both in Kabete and Nairobi and is now seeking President Uhuru Kenyatta’s blessings. Although the ex-MP was born and bred in Nairobi’s Kibera slums, he argues that his roots in the constituency allow him run for the seat as a local. Waititu’s father was born in Karura, Kiambu County. The former MP ran for the Nairobi governorship in the last general elections on a TNA ticket but lost to Coalition for Reforms and Democracy candidate Evans Kidero. He later challenged the election in court but Dr Kidero’s victory was upheld. “Yes, it’s true that I am considering joining the race. I have been meeting various delegations and I am holding consultations within my party and family and a decision will be announced soon,” Waititu told The Standard. The Jubilee Alliance Party is the favourite party for those seeking to contest in the May 4 by-election.
James Wanyohi, who lost to Muchai in the March 4, 2013 polls, John Chege and former assistant minister Lewis Nguyai who was dethroned by Muchai have been mentioned as possible competitors. Kiambu County Assembly Chief Whip Charles Arahuka and Kabete Ward Representative Walter Ndambo are some of those touted to seek elevation to the National Assembly. JAP will hold nominations on March 19. Muchai, police constables Samuel Montata and Samuel Kairingia, and driver Stephen Wambugu were shot dead in Nairobi’s CBD.

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