Moses Kuria, UDA Fallout Over By-election Candidate

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    Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria (left) enjoys a light moment with Deputy President William Ruto (right)
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  • A clash is expected between the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria's People's Empowerment Party (PEP) during the Kiambaa by-elections slated on July 15, 2021.

    This is after both parties, who are under the hustler nation banner, fielded candidates for the position. UDA fronted John Njuguna Wanjiku while Moses Kuria confirmed to Kenyans.co.ke that PEP's flag will be carried by Raymond Kuria.

    In a press conference by UDA on Friday, May 21, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua indicated that the party would support Njuguna, arguing that all others were on their own.

    Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua
    Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua
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    "That the Hustler Nation candidate is the UDA candidate John Njuguna Wanjiku. That is the candidate for the hustler nation, any other candidate is on his own. Let no other person allege that they are in the hustler nation," Rigathi Gachagua.

    UDA Secretary General Veronica Maina stated that the party had settled on the candidate after a number of consultative meetings.

    "This UDA ticked is a good one, I promise you. It is one of the best options in the market today for any political seat. We are not boasting or alleging to be better than anyone else," she stated.

    On his part, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa indicated that the party was democratic and people should be free to make a free choice in terms of the candidate they want to select.

    " No other candidate should come and say that they are under the hustler nation. We will be there as they campaign. The entire membership of the hustler nation is behind you," Ichungwa assured Wanjiku.

    Kuria has since responded, directing a jibe to Gachagua who once served as a District Officer (DO).

    "Once a DO, always a DO," Kuria posted on his Facebook page.

    In the just concluded by-election in Juja, PPE fielded George Koimburi who won by a landslide.

    This is after clinching 12,159 votes, followed by his Jubilee opponent Susan Waititu, who came a distant second with 5,746 votes.

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    Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and Juja MP-Elect George Koimburi at Mangu High School polling station on Wednesday, May 19, 2021