Leaders and residents of Kangema constituency in Murang'a county want to have a new MP following the death of John Michuki. They have called the National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende to declare the seat vacant for a by-election. They said Marende and the Independent Electoral and boundaries Commission should hasten plans for a by-election in the constituency to replace the former Environment minister.
The residents, who have been without an MP for about four months, said they need to represented in Parliament. They also expressed fear that many Constituency Development Fund projects would stall as there no one to patronise them. Kangema Town Council chairman John Wandugo and parliamentary aspirant Ann Kirima said the CDF committee had been rendered redundant following the demise of area MP.
Michuki died on February 21 at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi due heart attack at the age of 80. He had been Kangema MP for 25 years. “The people of Kangema need representation and the by election should be held soon to avoid stalling of projects and development in the area,” said Wandugo. Another resident, Sammy Maina, who is also the chairman of the Murang’a County Leaders Forum, said it is unfair for the area not to have an MP, especially at this time when the nation is headed for a general election and is preparing for new county governments. During the burial of Michuki, residents who addressed the mourners, who included President Kibaki, expressed fear that they would not get a suitable person to replace the politician.
Meanwhile, several contestants have readied themselves for the expected by election as they jostle to replace the late legislator. None of the late minister’s sons or close relatives has expressed interest in the seat with the family having announced earlier that it would not support any of the candidates or take interest in the vacant position.
Those who have exuded confidence at clinching the seat include Ann Wangari Kirima who is daughter to the late Nairobi business man Gerishon Kirima, senior counsel Muturi Kigano, CDF Treasurer Sam Gatitu, and business man Kimani Mugo among others. Many of the contestants have been holding secret meetings both in Murang’a town and in Kangema to strategize. “I am ready to serve the people of Kangema as their next MP after the demise of Michuki whom we all admired and respected,” said Kigano while contacted for comments. The candidates have not yet announced the parties they intend to use as their vehicle to parliament with only Kigano hinting that he would vie using The National Alliance party.