NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14 – Former Embakasi Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu will vie for the Kabete constituency by-election seat on a Jubilee Alliance Party ticket after he won Saturday’s nomination. Waititu garnered a total of 14,696 votes against his closest rival Wilson Mburu who got 2,336 votes, followed by former Kikuyu Member of Parliament Lewis Nguyai with 1,950 votes from a field of 12 contenders.
Waititu welcomed the victory while vowing to continue on the development path the late area MP George Muchai left. Muchai was killed alongside his driver and two body guards last month.
“I thank God for this chance that I have been given by the people of Kabete; I will work hard to make sure I deliver all the promises I have made to you,” he stated amid ‘Baba Yao’ chants from hundreds of supporters.
“I lost my chance to become the Nairobi Governor…I have seen that my God has not forsaken me.”
“We have our own Baba (father) now,” his supporters could be heard saying.
His victory was welcomed by more than seven Kiambu legislators and Members of County Assembly who said his entry into Kiambu politics will rejuvenate the county leadership.
Even before the by-election, Waititu was quick to caution the area Governor William Kabogo to work for the County residents; while declaring that he will be in the ballot paper to challenge him come 2017.
“Let me make this clear, I do not want people to think that it is rumours…I want to notify the Governor of Kiambu that I will be on the ballot paper and those other people who are interested so that we can make this county a better place,” he said.
Kigumo Constituency Member of Parliament Jamleck Kamau who was among the leaders who oversaw the nomination exercise challenged other political parties to uphold democracy while undertaking similar activities.
He also challenged the county’s Members of Parliament to ensure Waititu clinches the seat come May 4.
“We have given you the winner of this nomination…this is your child; we just want you to deliver the seat to us,” he said.
Other leaders present during the nomination exercise included the Senate leader of Majority Kithure Kindiki.
Kindiki praised the party leadership for the nomination exercise saying, “You have shown the way. You have shown Kenyans and the world that political competition is just that and not enmity.”
The delivery of nomination papers to IEBC will take place on April 6 and 7, 2015.
Kabete constituency has a total of 62,454 registered voters.