Photos:Hotly Contested Kabete JAP Nominations Attract Former State House Staffer/25 Others
A former senior accountant at the Kenya State House hopes he did not cast his die in the wrong place after resigning from his rosy job to vie for the Kabete parliamentary seat.
Mr Kang’ethe was a former diplomat in Israel and South Africa, where he was the Finance Attache before his new posting to State House as a senior accountant last year.
Two days to the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) nominations slated for Saturday, Mburu Kangethe held a series of campaigns in major shopping centres in Kabete that included Muthure, Wangige, Kingeero, Kabete, Gikuni, Mwimuto, Karura ka Nyungu and Gathiga.
Mr Kangethe hopes to get the JAP ticket, which is the most popular party in the area led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. The race for that party ticket, however, is intense and has attracted over 25 candidates.
Mr Kangethe promised the people of Kabete progressive and visionary leadership where he would complete the projects started by former MP George Muchai and start other projects that would improve the economy of the area.
“Wangige market has not been renovated for tens of years but during my term as MP I will make sure the market gets a new facelift,” he said to buyers and sellers gathered at the market.
When he arrived at the Mwimuto market, he promised to build modern kiosks from which the traders would sell their goods. Currently, the market is a group of old and rusty ironsheets roofed single kiosks.
Mr Kangethe’s campaign included the Zanagalewa dancers, gospel musician Jane Muthoni of ‘Materetha song’, Radio presenter Muthee Kiengei (Kameme FM) and Seculal music singer Murimi wa Ka Half of the hit ‘Ino ni Momo’ among others.
He also did not forget to warn the people against voting in an outsider.
Former Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu joined the race for the Kabete parliamentary seat and was labelled an outsider by other candidates and some locals.
Mr Waititu expressed his reason for campaigning for the seat saying he would only be MP for two years, and come the 2017 elections would vie for the Kiambu gubernatorial seat.
Others in the Kabete parliamentary race include John Wamagata, Charles Chege, Lewis Nguyai, James Wanjohi, Peter Kariuki, Charles Maina, Simon Gathu, James Githua, Kavore Kariuki, Gibson Mburu, Newton Njenga, Wanjiku Kinuthia and Simon Ngugi.
Also in the race is the former MP’s brother Nicolas Muchai among others.
By Anne Njeri Kanina:HTBLuff Associates. An EMG Consortium. #HTBLuff/Diaspora Messenger contributor
Gospel singer Jane Muthoni of the song ‘Materetha’ belts a tune during the campaign tour
Mburu Kangethe greets people gathered at Wangige town during his campaign tour
Zangalewa dancers were used to pull the crowds during the different stops of the campaign tour