Six aspirants for Ugenya poll present papers to IEBC today

Parliamentary aspirants Irshad Sumra (left) of Embakasi South and Christopher Karan of Ugenya celebrate after being presented nomination certificates by ODM National Election Board Chairperson Judith Pareno at Orange House last week. [David Gichuru]
Aspirants seeking to vie in the Ugenya parliamentary by-election will today present their papers to the electoral commission offices in Sega.

Three more candidates have expressed an interest in the seat in the April 5 poll, bringing the total number of aspirants to six.

The new entrants are William Sind, who will vie as an independent candidate, Brian Onyango of Thirdway Alliance and Joseph Mburu of New Vision Party.

The three join Chris Karan of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), former MP David Ochieng of the Movement for Growth and Democracy and Daniel Juma of the Grand Dream Development Party, who recently resigned from ODM.

Last Thursday, Vincent Saitabau, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) returning officer, invited the aspirants for a meeting, where they picked up nomination forms and were briefed on the documents to present today.

Only Mr Juma, Mr Ochieng and Mr Onyango turned up while the other three aspirants sent representatives.

Karan’s victory was nullified on December 2018 by the Supreme Court on grounds that the election was marred by malpractices.

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Mr Karan had appealed to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal ruled that his election be nullified.

Free and fair

Ochieng was the first to go to court, protesting at the election of Karan during the 2017 General Election, claiming the poll was not free and fair.

The entry of three new aspirants sets the stage for fierce battle among the candidates.

Mr Mburu, who was in the governorship contest in Trans Nzoia County in 2017, claimed he had relatives and friends in Ugenya who supported his bid.

When contacted on whether he was a voter in Ugenya and what could have motivated him to vie for the seat, he did not give much information.

Among the projects lined up in Mburu’s manifesto are constructing six factories before 2022, taking thousands of residents to study and live in Canada, Australia, UK and US, giving gas cookers to all women and families and a monthly income of Sh10,000 for every Ugenya adult.

Onyango from East Ugenya ward has food security, education, capacity building, youth and women empowerment, and infrastructure lined up in his manifesto.

“My primary agenda is to ensure no resident of Ugenya goes to bed on an empty stomach. Education has always been the epicentre of my agenda in bringing and maintaining sustainable development in the world. Capacity building is one way of attaining lasting and healthy unity in a society,” said Onyango.

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