• He said he will prioritise education if he is elected MP.
• Others in the race include comedian MC Jessy, incumbent Kathuri Murungi, businessmen Shadrack Mwiti and Kathara Mwiti.
Meru chief of staff Gideon Kimathi will face popular comedian MC Jessy in the South Imenti MP's race.
Kimathi will be making a second attempt at the seat after losing the 2017 election to the incumbent Kathuri Murungi.
Kimathi was appointed chief of staff by Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi afterwards.
He said he will prioritise education if he is elected MP.
Kimathi spoke to the star in his office in Meru town on Saturday.
The chief of staff will vie on Devolution Empowerment Party, popularly known as ‘Mbus’, led by Governor Kiraitu.
Kiaritu who had a number of MPs elected in Meru in 2013 through the party is urging aspirants and residents to become members.
Apart from MC Jessy, whose real name is Jasper Muthomi, the South Imenti MP race also attracted incumbent Kathuri Murungi, businessmen Shadrack Mwiti and Kathara Mwiti.
Kimathi said if elected, he will table a motion asking the national government to make banana a cash crop.
South Imenti is known for banana, tea and coffee farming. The Ntharene market supplies banana to as far as Mombasa.
“If banana farmers are put in a cooperatives, then value addition is easier. Value addition will cushion farmers from losses,” Kimathi said.
The chief of staff said he will also uplift education standards in the constituency, as it is now ranked as third out on nine constituencies in Meru.
“Three quarter of roads remain with poor road networks. I will fix this if elected,” he said.
The chief of staff said he will also find jobs for fresh graduates.
He also said there should be high degree of tolerance and everyone should be given a chance to express themselves politically and vote for whichever leader they want.
“Kenyans should bring that democratic culture that we have always been talking about,” Kimathi said.
He said the NCIC should be on high alert to caution MPs and politicians against hate speech.
(Edited by Bilha Makokha)