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Jubilee MCAs approve Eugene Wamalwa’s bid for top Nairobi seat

Nairobi Jubilee MCAs have expressed satisfaction with Eugene Wamalwa’s candidature for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat in the 2017 elections.

Led by the chairman Jubilee MCA Caucus Kenneth Irungu, they said that Mr Wamalwa will potentially consolidate the votes of the Luhya community for the Jubilee coalition.

“To us his candidature is positive to the Jubilee coalition because he is a notable person in the larger Western community, “said Mr Irungu.

He said Mr Wamalwa’s candidature will boost the image of Jubilee as a coalition supported by all communities in the country.

The MCAs said all Jubilee candidates for the Nairobi governor seat will be subjected to competitive nomination.

They made the remarks during a press briefing on Monday at City Hall.

Minority leader Hashim Kamau urged all candidates not to fear competition.

The Nairobi county TNA chairman Suntus Ndegwa however dismissed the ‘endorsement’ of Mr Wamalwa, stating that the decision was made by ‘outsiders’.

“Though having their right of expression, they cannot decide for Nairobi since the city has mature elected opinion leaders who can meet, discuss and make informed decisions on behalf of their people through the right forum,” he said.

He said Mr Wamalwa is using the names of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto to get an upper hand in the Jubilee nominations.