Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura has revealed that he spent about KSh 29 million in the Jubilee nominations for his bid to represent Ruiru. He lost Simon King’ara who garnered 10,900 votes to his 4,632.
The politician disclosed the information on Tuesday when he was talking about the cost of winning an elective position. He noted that aspirants could not win elections without money due to the competitiveness in the country.
“Some of the money was spent in kind; things I have been donating and programs I have been running,” Mwaura said while clarifying his statement on the amount.
“I will not lie to Kenyans…by the end of last year, I had spent about KSh 20 million,” he added.
While conceding defeat to King’ara, Mwaura said his bid for a high-level political office was a debut for a youthful aspirant living with albinism.
“I called him at 4.11am and congratulated him. I wish him well in serving the people of Ruiru and wish to assure him of my full support in exercising his mandate, for leadership almost invariably, has the capacity to transform society,” he said.
“[Running for office as a person living with albinism] has its own challenges. It is never easy but someone had to do it. Someone had to be the first to pay the price and create a pathway of possibilities.”
Isaac Mwaura’s campaign was, however, not without chaos as he posted photos on Facebook of him with a bruised left ear and the windows of his four-wheel drive vehicle shattered. He had blamed his opponent for the actions leading to the incidents.
Some reports included a gunshot wound but Ruiru OCPD Isaac Thuranira dismissed those claims saying there were no guns involved in the incident.