The residents of Waseges ward in Subukia constituency have urged the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party to nullify the MCA’s election after they found several marked ballot papers in favour of the winner of the nomination in a thicket.
Speaking on behalf of the five candidates who lost, Elijah Murage, said the residents were perturbed when the least known and unpopular candidate was declared the winner last week. But today, when wananchi found several marked ballot papers in his favour the mystery was unravelled.
However, the nominee winner, Daniel Kiraithe Mwangi, denied any connection to the marked ballot papers in his favour, and claimed that the five candidates whom he overwhelmingly trounced were still in disbelief, adding that he already has the provisional nomination certificate and it can only be nullified by a court of law.
Mwangi said the second closet candidate Elijah Murage had spent a lot of resources hence his bitterness and the reason for maligning and smearing his good name at the ward.
But the residents, led by a Nyumba Kumi elder Julius Mbogua said they hardly know him since he no longer resides at the ward, although he was born there, and it wasn’t possible for people to vote for somebody they barely knew.
“The five candidates have been campaigning and assisting us during funerals, fundraisings for school fees and other social activities, but, the winner has not been part of the team,” said Mbugua.
He added that they have already advised their favourite candidate, Elijah Murage to vie as an independent candidate if the UDA doesn’t nullify the nominations. The UDA party officers said they are not allowed to comment on the nominations.
After last week’s UDA nominations a number of candidates who clinched the second position in various seats have already shifted to the independent category. However, Mbogua said wananchi have not internalized that category of candidates and many were likely to vote along party lines.