By George Mugo for Star
Former Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu was issued with a JAP ticket to contest the Kabete parliamentary seat on May 5 after sailing through the party’s nominations on Saturday.
Waititu garnered 14,696 votes against accountant Mburu Kangâ€™ethe’s 2,334. Former Kikuyu MP Lewis Nguyai was third with 1,950.
Waititu popularly known as Baba Yao contested Nairobi governor’s elections in 2013 but lost narrowly to ODM’s Evans Kidero. On Saturday, he said his eyes are now trained on Kiambu governor’s seat currently held by William Kabogo.
Kabogo has been on a warpath with area MPs and some members of the county assembly.
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah in a telling post on his Facebook page said Kiambu has now got a father.
“My congratulations to the people of Kabete our good brothers and sisters on the peaceful and democratic nominations.Congrats to Baba Yao who now becomes Baba wetu! Pamoja tuendelee,” Ichung’wa posted on his page.
Thika town MP Alice Ng’ang’a also said she has got a ‘father’ after Waititu was declared the winner.
The entry of Waititu into Kiambu politics has been seen by many as a fresh headache for Kabogo. The embattled Kiambu governor has been criticized by many for increasing rates leading to protests. Most of the protests have been led by Kiambu MPs opposed to his leadership.
Kabogo on Saturday urged the leaders ‘meeting in hotels in Nairobi’ to come to Kiambu and join him developing the county.
Waititu promised to finish all the projects the former MP George Muchai had started, saying his office will be open for everybody who would want to see him.
â€œI have never turned anyone away. I will not start after being elected as Kabete MP. I will do projects that will benefit the constituents as we finish those which our MP Muchai was doing,â€ he said.
â€œI am very grateful since you have shown all the trust you have with me. I will serve you until you feel important people to me and my office,â€ Waititu said.
The results from 36 polling stations were announced by the JAPâ€™s returning officer Ali Aden at Ndurarua primary school which was the constituency tallying center.
Aden said the polling stations were opened at 6am and were closed at 5pm, and voters turned up in large numbers and there was no complain nor violent cases that were reported.
He was accompanied by Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau, Kericho Senator Charles Keter and JAPâ€™s secretary general Veronicah Maina, who asked the constituents to support the JAP candidate.
Songs of jubilation were sang at 10pm when the final nominations results were announced, with Waititu urging the residents to vote for him during the May 5 by election since he was in a position to serve them as their legislator.