Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has endorsed an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate in Kibra parliamentary by-election.
MP Kuria threw his weight behind Benson Musungu, who is among 11 candidates who are seeking to run for Kibra by-election on an ODM ticket.
ODM is set to carry out its nominations this Saturday to decide who among the 11 candidates will fly the party’s flag in the mini-election set for November 7th.
Kuria said he supports Musungu because he was born in Kibra, comparing him to late MP Ken Okoth.
"My late friend Ken Okoth was born in Kibra hence his deep passion to uplift the lives of Kibra people. The person I vouch for to take forward from where Ken left is another Born in Kibra, Benson Musungu," Kuria said in a Facebook post.
Kuria’s move comes a day after Jubilee Party, in which he is a member; picked footballer McDonald Mariga as its candidate in Kibra by-election. Kuria said Mariga should be allowed to continue playing football and uplifting talents rather than joining the ‘dirty game of politics.’
“Let Macdonald Mariga spend time to grow our football and our talents. Siasa itakuwepo leo, kesho na mtondogoo. @WilliamsRuto let the young man be. He will live to join this silly, dirty game of politics another day,” Kuria told Deputy President William Ruto, who is claimed to have convinced Mariga to run.
Mariga, however, denied he was DP Ruto’s project saying that the idea to vie for Kibra MP seat was his own.
“That's my decision and I'm not being pushed by anyone. There is no influence. I decided, together with the family, that I try it,” Mariga said on Monday.
The seat fell vacant after the death of Ken Okoth, who succumbed to cancer while receiving medication at Nairobi Hospital on July 26th.