Western lawmakers have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to endorse Eugene Wamalwa for the Nairobi governorship.
Also, legislators from the western region said they want the top two leaders of the ruling coalition to announce their stance following the endorsement by a section of Jubilee MPs for the Water Cabinet Secretary to contest for the county’s top seat.
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In a meeting on Tuesday at the CS’s home in Spring Valley Estate in Nairobi, 10 MPs and other senior leaders from western region agreed that the support of President Kenyatta will be essential for Wamalwa’s governorship bid.
More than 30 MCAs from Nairobi County also attended the meeting. Sources with knowledge of the meeting said the MPs made it clear that without the President Kenyatta and Ruto announcing their stance, Wamalwa should not declare his candidature.
In the last General Election, the CS did not join the race for any position and reports say there was an agreement against allowing a repeat of that.
Reliable sources also say that the CS had earlier met Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba and his Sirisia counterpart John Waluke at his Maji House office, where the two MPs expressed their support.
Meanwhile, Ndhiwa MP, Augostino Neto, had earlier said Mr Wamalwa would lose terribly for playing into succession politics. He made the statement on Thursday in Kapsokwony. Mr Neto added that Mr Wamalwa should not conceive the thoughts that he would win the Nairobi County seat against the incumbent Dr Evans Kidero
Mr Neto revealed that CORD would remain in power in Nairobi and the influence of Jubilee will never have any effect no matter how much the party try.
“We know that the next Governor of Nairobi will be from CORD and the numbers are in favour of Kidero. I would advise Wamalwa to contest for the Trans Nzoia seat. He has a better chance of winning that as compared to Nairobi.”
MIke Sonko, on the other hand, had threatened to ditch the ruling party if Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa is granted the coalition’s ticket to vie for the Nairobi governorship in 2017 without a credible election.