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SELECT few to vie unopposed in Wiper party

 It has emerged that four of sitting Wiper legislators were awarded direct tickets in preparation of the August 9th polls.

Wiper party leader Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka. His party has dished out tickets to sitting MPs and MCAs who will vie unopposed. Photo/FILE

But not all parliamentarians were given Wiper party tickets.  Mwingi West MP Charles Nguna will have to battle for political survival against Mr Munyoki Mwangangi. Mwangangi contested for the seat in 2017 and emerged the fourth.He even defeated the incumbent Bernard Kitungi in Wiper nominations. Others who were not so lucky like CNN are Kitui senator Enoch Wambua and Kitui MP Dr Irene Kasalu.

According to Wiper party chief for election board Ms Agatha Solitei, the unopposed party ticket for MPs seats were good news to them.

MWINGI TIMES has learnt that Mwingi North MP Paul Nzengu and his Kitui West counterpart Beth Nyenze were some of the beneficiaries of the coveted ticket to run for MP using the most popular party in Ukambani.

First time Mwingi Central MP Architect Dr Gideon Mulyungi was lucky to be handed a direct ticket too.

Wiper appears to have benefited from the defection of Kitui Rural MP David Mwalika who was elected in the last general elections on little known Chama Cha Uzalendo party ticket.

Eight Wiper ward representatives got party nod to fly the party’s flag in the August 9th polls unopposed. They include Nguni MCA Jefferson Kiruru, Jane Mutua of Kauwi ward and Kithumula/Kwamutonga legislator David Thuvi.

MCA Alexander Mbili (Kyangwithya East), Geoffrey Mwalimu  (Ikutha), Kasee Musya (Kisasi), James Munuve (Kanziko) and Peter Kilonzo of Athi ward were also given direct party tickets to defend their seats unopposed.

It was not immediately clear the reason for handing the tickets unopposed even as party leader Kalonzo Musyoka was said to be keen on minimizing defections and using scientific method to establish the popularity of candidates for various seats.

The final say of who will be elected, however, remains with the voters who may okay what the Kalonzo party has endorsed or it be in for a rude shock.


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