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Friday, August 18, 2017

Setback for Makueni governor hopeful Kiilu as running mate withdraws

A file photo of Makueni county voters.
A file photo of Makueni county voters.

Makueni governor hopeful Bernard Kiilu's candidature is hanging in the balance as his running mate Peter Kioko has withdrawn from the race.

Kioko has also resigned as a member of Liberal Democratic Party, through which Kiilu is contesting, citing frustration and disorganised campaigns.

"Along the way, I realised the team I was following was shrouded by uncertainty, hopelessness, secrecy, disorganisation, unpreparedness, unfaithfulness and individualism," he said.

Kiilu rubbished the claims saying his running mate had asked to be paid.

"I tried unsuccessfully to meet Kioko to settle the matter. He didn't show up. This confirms he is malicious," he said on Monday.

Read: Ex-MP Ndambuki joins Makueni governor race

The governor aspirant, who is former Kenya Breweries manager, said the law on running mates should be reviewed to protect aspirants against such politicians.

Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr noted the law allows Kiilu to pick another running mate.

"The names of governor aspirants and their deputies are yet to be gazetted."

In 2013, Peter Maundu withdrew as Philip Kaloki’s running mate for Makueni governor to vie for Makueni MP.

Maundu, a former Kibwezi East MP who was contesting on a Wiper ticket, later chose Mutisya Mutua.

They lost to Kivutha Kibwana who contested on a Muungano Party ticket.

On August 8, voters will choose among the incumbent Kivutha Kibwana (Wiper), Kiilu, businessman Lloyd David Masika (New Democrats) and Gideon Ndambuki (Jubilee Party).

Also read; Will Prof Kivutha Kibwana survive 2017

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