Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua-FILE
BY KORIR JUMA,CORRESPONDENT,3RD JUNE,2017-Incumbent Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, has opted out of re-election race and instead announced that he will back the candidature of his main challenger Lee Kinyanjui in the August 8 Elections.
The announced was made by President Uhuru Kenyatta at a leaders’ meeting in State House Nakuru in the presence of Mbugua .
Mbugua decided to seek re-election as an independent candidate after losing the Jubilee Party primaries to Lee Kinyanjui.
He had chosen Peter Rutto an MP aspirant, who lost the Jubilee nominations for Kuresoi South, as his running mate.
Former National Transport and Safety Authority Chairman Lee Kinyanjui trounced Kinuthia Mbugua in the Nakuru Jubilee gubernatorial race with more than 66,000 votes.
Kinyanjui garnered 216,581 votes against Kinuthia’s 150,137 in what is seen by many as a protest vote against the latter’s administration.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee party campaign trail are in Nakuru county having begun his tour on Friday in the neighboring counties of Lakipia, and Nyandarua where he is seking support for his re-election in the August election.