MPs dismiss Wamalwa’s endorsement for Nairobi governor seat

Water CS Eugene Wamalwa at a past function in Nairobi. PHOTO: File

A section of MPs from Nairobi have dismissed the endorsement of Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa for the Nairobi governor seat.

MPs John Njoroge (Kasarani), James Gakuya (Embakasi North) and Ben Mutura (Makadara) have termed the move by four MPs on Sunday voicing their support for Wamalwa as individualistic, saying the race for Nairobi governorship is open to all.

The MPs stated that the county has able people who can take the position, saying the statement on Sunday by the MPs led by Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu was an annuity.

On Sunday, the MPs threw their weight behind Wamalwa saying the former New Ford Kenya party leader has what it takes to lead the county.

Despite the endorsement, Wamalwa has steered clear of the discussion instead insisting that his current attention is on serving the country as Water CS.

Wamalwa has in the past stated that he would be in the race in the 2017 elections on a Jubilee Party ticket, though not stating which seat he would vie for.

“When time for politics comes, we will talk politics. But for now my attention is to serve the people of Kenya by ensuring they have access to water,” said the CS in an interview on Citizen TV this week.

Already, the seat currently occupied by ODM’s Evans Kidero has attracted interest from current Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko, Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, former aide to ODM leader Raila Odinga Miguna Miguna, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru and nominated MP Johnson Sakaja.

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