Kiambu governor William Kabogo/FILE
BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,14TH MAY 2017-Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has decided to defend his seat as an independent candidate in the August 8 General Elections.This is after he lost the Jubilee party primaries to Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.
Ferdinand Waititu won the Jubilee Party ticket for the Kiambu gubernatorial race after garnering 353,604 votes against his only rival, Kabogo’s 69,916 votes.
The governor conceded defeat in the primaries on even before final results were announced, though he was quick to point out election irregularities in the whole process.
In a later address, Kabogo hinted electoral irregularities, saying: “…powerful forces do not want me to be the Governor of Kiambu come August 8”.
Kabogo made the announcement Sunday bringing to an end speculations that have been around since losing nominations after he hinted at foul play in Waititu’s April 26 win .
The move is likely to be a game changer as far as Kiambu top-most job is concerned, as he can change his misfortunes in the primaries around.
The two leaders have been in constant battles after the governor in March 2016 took to courts to challenge Waititu’s academic papers, arguing that his competitor did not have a valid degree from a recognised university as required in Section 73 of the Constitution on the Integrity and Leadership Act.