Mary Wambui exudes confidence as Jubilee, Cord vow support

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Ms Mary Wambui after the Nyeri Court of Appeal nullified her election as Othaya MP

Ms Mary Wambui after the Nyeri Court of Appeal nullified her election as Othaya MP

In less than three months, voters in Othaya constituency will be electing their Member of Parliament afresh after the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Ms Mary Wambui.

Less than seven days after the court’s ruling, the plot for a dramatic campaign is already taking shape with Ms Wambui declaring that the people of Othaya will give her another chance in the by-election.

Speaking during a press briefing at a Mombasa hotel, Ms Wambui said she was confident of retaining her seat owing to the work she has done for Othaya residents.

“I thank my constituents for standing with me and I am humbled. I am not shaken because Othaya residents know what I have done for them and I am confident that I will triumph,” she said.

Last year’s race was dubbed the Kibaki vs Wambui duel after President Kibaki backed Mugambi Gichuki against Ms Wambui, who had been President Kibaki’s right-hand person in the constituency.

The relationship grew so acrimonious that on several occasions, police blocked Ms Wambui from joining presidential functions. This was despite the fact that she had been a political supporter since the 1980s.

But on Saturday, Mr Essau Kioni, who contested the seat on a DP ticket and lost on March 4, said the retired president should keep out of the by-election as he was no longer formidable on the ground.

Mr Peter King’ara, who successfully contested Ms Wambui’s election in court, also argued that former president Kibaki’s exit from power was likely to cause a major shift in the campaigns.

“By design or default, the provincial administration had their preferred candidates. Some of us were barred by the police from campaigning or joining the retired president at functions. That he is no longer in power is going to significantly change the thinking of the electorate,” he said.


And in a new twist, Cord and Jubilee legislators vowed to back Ms Wambui’s re-election. Maara MP Japhet Kareke Mbiuki said both coalitions have resolved to support Ms Wambui in her re-election campaign.

“For the last one year we have been with her in Parliament, we have seen how useful she is as an MP. Both President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto together with the former Prime Minister will be in Othaya to ensure she recaptures her seat,” said Mr Mbiuki.

Nyando MP Fred Outa confirmed that Cord will support Ms Wambui to regain her seat.

“I want to confirm that Ms Wambui has done a good job and she deserves to be re-elected. What the Court of Appeal has done is not justified since she was elected rightfully by the people of Othaya. I want to assure her that we will support her to regain her seat as the Othaya MP in the coming by-elections,” said Mr Outa.

Juja MP Francis Waititu said it will be a Jubilee-Cord reloaded affair, dubbed Wambui Rudi Tena. However, Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati urged Ms Wambui to defect to ODM where she would get the party’s full support.


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