Nakuru Governor Mbugua withdraws re-election bid in favour of Jubilee’s Kinyanjui
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 3 – Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, who is running as an independent candidate in the August General Election has withdrawn his bid in favour of Jubilee nominee Lee Kinyanjui.
The move was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta at a leaders’ meeting at State House Nakuru where Kinuthia was present.
Mbugua opted for re-election as an independent candidate after losing the Jubilee Party primaries to Lee Kinyanjui.
He had chosen Peter Rutto an MP aspirant, who lost the Jubilee nominations for Kuresoi South, as his running mate.
Former National Transport and Safety Authority Chairman Lee Kinyanjui trounced Kinuthia Mbugua in the Nakuru Jubilee gubernatorial race with more than 66,000 votes.
Kinyanjui garnered 216,581 votes against Kinuthia’s 150,137 in what is seen by many as a protest vote against the latter’s administration.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Nakuru County as part of Jubilee campaigns for his re-election in the August election.