By Mourice Seretta
Deputy President William Ruto has unveiled Urbanas Ngengele as his preferred candidate in the upcoming Machakos Senator by-election.
Ruto unveiled Ngengele on Thursday at his official Karen residence in Nairobi.
Ngengele will seek to take over from the late Machakos Senator Boniface Kabaka on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party ticket.
During the unveiling, Ruto described Ngengele as “a hustler” from Machakos county and thanked all other aspirants for the seat who stepped down in favour of Ngengele.
“Our gratitude to them for their audacity and leadership to cede their aspirations and back Ngengele for the race,” Ruto said.
The DP further said that he was grateful to witness the partnership forged by the Machakos Senate by-election hopefuls in favour of Ngengele.
The Independent and Electoral Commission announced that the Machakos senatorial by-election will be held on March 18.
Earlier on, the commission had set the by-election for March 23, but the date was revised due to the national examinations.
Ngengele was accompanied by UDA chairman Johnson Muthama and several Machakos County grassroot leaders.
Yesterday, Wiper Party unveiled Muthama’s ex-wife Agnes Kavindu to fly the Party’s flag in the Senatorial by-election. Muthama who is a former Machakos Senator was also in Wiper Party before he acrimoniously ditched the party.
Jubilee party on its end said it will not field a candidate in the by-election citing good working relationship with Wiper in the recent past, a working relationship which Jubilee Party Secretary General Rphael Tuju says they want not to be affected.