Briefly in Politics: ODM Withdraws From the Nairobi Gubernatorial Race

Following the impeachment of former governor Mike Mbuvi ‘Sonko,’ the race for Nairobi’s highest political position has gone into high gear as several notable people declare interest in contesting for the gubernatorial seat. President Kenyatta's party, Jubilee has cleared two candidates; Ms Agnes Kagure and the Building Bridges Initiative co-chairman, Dennis Waweru.

Raila Odinga's party, Orange Democratic Party (ODM) had fielded Ms Beth Syengo and Mr Sam Wakiaga. However, after holding successive talks with the Jubilee party, ODM has decided to withdraw from the race, hence, opting to support President Uhuru's candidate.

Surprisingly, many Kenyans have been shocked to see the recently impeached Ferdinand Waititu and the exiled Miguna Miguna in the race. Waititu was impeached on January 29, 2020, therefore, losing the governor's position in Kiambu county after corruption allegations. Miguna, the experience Barrister from Ontario, Canada, has been out of the country following a dramatic and illegal deportation.


Miguna Miguna (Wikipedia)

Although the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had cleared the former Kiambu governor, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has released a statement clarifying that Baba Yao cannot vie. The Anti-Corruption Commission has permanently barred Waititu from holding public office as per Chapter 6 of the Kenyan Constitution, which deems unethical individuals unfit to vie for state or public office.


Twalib Mbarak (Citizen)

The Deputy President, William Ruto, is yet to declare support for a candidate in the gubernatorial race.