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UDA unveils new candidates for Kiambaa, Muguga

By Brian Otieno | May 21st 2021

Rurii ward by-election UDA candidate Muraya Githaiga celebrates with his supporters after he was announced the winner at IEBC tallying center at Rurii PCEA church in Nyandarua County on May 18, 2021.[Kipsang Joseph,Standard]

The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has unveiled candidates for Kiambaa constituency and Muguga ward by-elections, both in Kiambu County slated for July 15.

John Njuguna Wanjiku will fly the party's flag in Kiambaa, while Kamau Thumbi will face off with others in Muguga.

The two were unveiled yesterday at UDA's headquarters, a party associated with Deputy President William Ruto.

While handing the pair their respective certificates, party secretary general Veronica Maina told them to go and root for the party. "This is a good ticket. It is one of the best options in the market today for any politician," said Maina.

She made reference to UDA's victory in Rurii ward and linked it to Peoples' Empowerment Party (PEP) which clinched Juja parliamentary seat through George Koimburi.

Both Njuguna and Thumbi exuded confidence in taking up the seats. "This is our chance to make our statement that Kiambaa is a hustler-nation stronghold," said Njuguna.

"I would like to thank UDA for playing it fair and my competitors for their support," said Thumbi.

Among politicians who attended the launch included Meru Senator Mithika Linturi, Kikuyu lawmaker Kimani Ichung'wa and his Mathira colleague Rigathi Gachagua. MP-elect Koimburi was also present.

The Tangatanga-allied MPs chastised the government over the handling of Juja and Bonchari by-elections, and called for a fair process.

"We do not expect our competitors to misuse state agencies as they did in Juja, Rurii and Bonchari," said Ichung'wa.

"We look forward to a contest full of decorum and done on issues," said Gachagua.

"UDA believes that power belongs to the people. The opportunity that has arisen in Kiambaa and Muguga is an opportunity for people to make a decision on whom they want to delegate their power," said Linturi.

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