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Jalang’o responds to potential competition for Lang’ata seat ahead of 2027 polls

By Elizabeth Ngigi September 13th, 2023 2 min read

Lang’ata MP Jalang’o responsed to potential competitors eyeing his seat in the 2027 general elections.

This follows a move by several potential aspirants to come out and publicly declare their interest in the seat.

In a recent online interview, Jalang’o, a first term MP, addressed the possibility of facing competition in the elections, emphasizing that political seats are open to anyone, and the ultimate decision lies with the electorate.

“Political seats are open to anyone, and anyone can compete, but it is the people of Lang’ata who will decide who their MP will be,” Jalang’o stated.

Recently, Jalang’o faced expulsion from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, along with four other lawmakers, due to allegations of gross misconduct.

Despite this, he reaffirmed his commitment to the party and asserted that he has no intentions of leaving.

“I am part of ODM, and even now, you saw that the court pronounced itself yesterday, and that thing has been thrown out, and that’s why we can’t talk about it. I am a member of ODM, and I am not leaving the party anytime soon,” he clarified.

Notably, Andrew Kibe, a controversial content creator, teased Jalang’o after his expulsion from ODM, suggesting he would challenge him in the forthcoming elections, as Jalang’o no longer enjoys the party’s backing that initially sponsored him to Parliament.

Kibe even shared a campaign poster from the 2013 General Elections and playfully stated that he would meet Jalang’o on the ballot in the 2027 general election.

“Photoshop kiasi and this poster is good to go. @JalangoMwenyewe⁩ tukutane kwa debe,” Kibe humorously posted.

It’s worth mentioning that Andrew Kibe previously contested for the Lang’ata parliamentary seat in the 2013 polls but lost to ODM’s Joash Odiambo Olum.

Comedian Eric Omondi has appeared to vaguely express his interest in running for the Lang’ata constituency seat.

“I have no plans to replace anyone, but if given the opportunity, I would consider it,” he said in a past interview.

Omondi emphasized that being a Member of Parliament would offer him a valuable platform to advocate for the rights of Kenyans, as it is within the August House that laws are crafted and passed.

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