Focus on Juja as Uhuru-Ruto war gets nasty

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have poured their political and personal resources to ensure their respective candidates win the critical Juja by-election. In what is seen as a test of popularity between the two, the May 18th by-election could hugely determine the political direction of the region takes ahead of 2022.

On Monday, Deputy President William Ruto’s men lashed out at President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee party for using intimidation tactics and state machinery to win the Juja seat.

According to Muranga Senator Irungu Kangata, People’s Empowerment Party candidate George Kiomburi is being intimidated by the Jubilee Party, using state machinery supervised by the party’s leadership. Mr. Koimburi is charged with forgery, over his 1994 KCSE certificate.

”He is said to have committed this offense in 1994. So he is being arrested 27 years after the purported commission of this offense…to me, this case is clearly political. We shall fight and the people of Juja should not to be intimidated. Koimburi will be on the ballot. And he will continue supporting His Excellency William Ruto,” Senator Kangata said.

The Muranga Senator is part of Mr. Koimburi’s legal team, which also comprises criminal lawyer Cliff Ombeta. Kangata says in 2017, the PEP candidate was cleared to vie under Jubilee using the same papers. The former Majority Leader in the Senate explained the woes currently facing Mr. Koimburi are over his decision to be part of Tanga Tanga.

On his part, People’s Empowerment Party leader Moses Kuria blamed the deep state as the architect of his party’s candidate problems. The Gatundu South legislator is also accusing Jubilee of planning to conduct a massive rigging of the by-election using the police, in favor of Susan Waititu, the Jubilee Party candidate.

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