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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,2ND NOV 2019-Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua on Saturday endorsed Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) contender Imran Okoth, in a major boost to his candidature for the up-coming Kibra by-election.
Mutua announced the endorsement after a meeting with ODM party leader Raila Odinga, while in the company of political players from Ukambani.
“I hereby today endorse Imran Okoth because we want out country to develop and do away with poverty,” he said amidst cheers.
The race has seen candidates try to marshal support along tribal lines, in the cosmopolitan city constituency, largely perceived as an ODM stronghold.
Okoth, McDonald Mariga of the ruling Jubilee Party and Eliud Owalo of Amani National Congress are the frontrunners of a seat that fell vacant following the death of the late Ken Okoth, in July.
The Machakos Governor said, Okoth, just like his late brother had the ability to steer Kibra forward.
Even though the campaigns have been largely peaceful,they have witnessed sporadic cases of violence, as rival groups clashes, prompting the electoral body to summon the candidates involved.
“Those urging violence should stop and instead sell policies. Kibra will be changed by development and not insults or violence,” DP Ruto said during the campaigns last week.
“Kibra is a small place. It is home to people from Nyanza, Central, Western, Rift-Valley, Coast and Ukambani. We want leaders who will bring positive change to the area,” he added.
IEBC says there are 118,658 registered voters in Kibra.