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Kakamega aspirant slams ‘dirty politics’

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY WAMBUA KAVILA

A Kakamega county gubernatorial candidate Mable Muruli has accused rivals of engaging in propaganda to split her family. She claims the campaign targets to discredit her bid and called for issue-based campaigns.

Muruli, a London-based trader, is the only female candidate in the Kakamega gubernatorial race and is vying as an independent candidate.

Muruli claimed a rival had secured employment for three of her family members whom he is using to split her family and discredit her as incapable of providing leadership because she is a woman.

“Some candidates rushed to look for employment for my cousins whom I educated so they can use that to cause rifts within my family. Let them leave my family alone and sell policies to voters,” she said.

Muruli will battle it out with outgoing Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya of ODM, former Nyanza PC Paul Olando of UDF and former Turkana DC Albert Mwilitsa of URP.

Other contestants include outgoing Housing Minister Soita Shitanda who has defected to New Ford Kenya after he was blocked from contesting on UDF ticket over issues touching on academic credentials.

She said no amount of intimidation will distract her focus on winning the seat. She said she opted to run as independent candidate after realising chances of getting nomination ticket by the big parties was remote.

“I knew people have been in parties for long and and it would be difficult for me to succeed in nominations,” she said. She said she is in the race to disapprove the myth that women cannot lead. “It is a challenge because most of our people believe leaders must be men and we cannot change this overnight,” she said.

She said that creation of jobs for the youth and women, improvement of education and healthcare standards and improvement of security will top her agenda.