Kenya’s People Empowerment Party (PEP) will not participate in the upcoming Kiambaa by-election in Central after withdrawing its candidate.
PEP party leader Moses Kuria in a statement said that the party opted to step down in favour of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate John Njuguna Wanjiku.
The decision was arrived at after Kuria held discussions with the discussions with the Deputy President William Ruto.
“PEP’s message of hope and renewal has been endorsed by the voters of Gaturi Ward in Murang’a on 15th December, 2020 and Juja constituency on 18th May 2021. We wanted to present this message for approval by the people of Kiambaa Constituency on the 15th July.
“However, this did not go down very well with my colleagues particularly Rigathi Gachagua and Kimani Ichung’wah. Yesterday I held extensive discussions with my boss and friend H.E Dr William Ruth on this matter. To make my two colleagues happy and above all for the unity of the Hustler Nation, PEP will NOT be fielding a candidate for the Kiambaa by election,” said Moses Kuria.
He apologized to Raymond Kuria who was unveiled as the party’s flag bearer, residents of Kiambaa and PEP members who will undoubtedly will be disappointed with decision.
The lawmaker said they are now focusing on a nationwide tour to meet candidates who will be vying for various seats in next year’s General Elections on the party’s ticket.