BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,30TH, JULY 2017-It is now official that Machakos County gubernatorial race will be a two horse race pitting The incumbent governor Dr Alfred Mutua and Wiper party’s Wavinya Ndeti.This is after Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala, who was contesting for the governor’s seat as an independent candidate, dropped his bid to support National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
Addressing the press on Sunday, July 30, Kiala said that the decision to shelve his ambitions came after a series of consultations with leaders of the Kamba community and supporters, insisting that going to the ballot would give the incumbent Governor Alfred Mutua an advantage.
Kiala said his move will help NASA win the August 8 General Elections since since running as an independent candidate would scatter the opposition votes in Machakos County.
“We remain staunch believers in the mission of NASA. We have seen the risk of scattering the NASA presidential vote in Machakos if we advance our independent gubernatorial candidacy. We ask ourselves whether our candidacy serves the greater good of Machakos people. Our wish is that dividends of our fight against lies and corruption presided over by Governor Mutua can be felt sooner by our people,” read a statement from Kiala’s campaign team.
However, Kiala still insisted that he was not defeated fairly in the Wiper Party primaries, but urged his supporters to see the bigger picture beyond the gubernatorial seat and to vote for the opposition coalition.
Kiala also urged the electorates of the county to turn out in large numbers on August 8th to vote for Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka.