The People’s Empowerment Party will not field a candidate in the forthcoming Kiambaa parliamentary seat.
The party associated with Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has pulled out of the race in favour of the United Democratic Party candidate.
Fresh from winning the Juja parliamentary seat by-election, Kuria had already settled on Raymond Kuria as the PEP candidate for the by-election.
Kuria says winning the by-election as well as the Gaturi Ward by election last year is testimony that PEP’s message of hope and renewal has been endorsed by the voters.
“We wanted to present this message for approval by the people of Kiambaa Constituency on the 15th July. However, this did not go down very well with my colleagues particularly Rigathi Gachagua and Kimani Ichungwa,” He said.
“Yesterday I held extensive discussions with my boss and friend H.E Dr William Ruto on this matter. To make my two colleagues happy and above all for the unity of the Hustler Nation, PEP will NOT be fielding a candidate for the Kiambaa by election.”
Kuria maintains that PEP is a member and stakeholder in the Hustler Nation alongside Johnson Muthama led UDA, Mwangi Kiunjuri led TSP and Omingo Magara led PDP.
“We offer a platform for political participation and mentorship in leadership for a new crop of leaders and professionals whom we believe will drive this country forward, safeguarding our nationhood and make our people feel safe and secure, confident of our future and that of our children,” He said.
He said, PEP is driven by ordinary men and women, mostly the youth, while their sister party UDA is largely driven by my colleagues the incumbent MPs whom he respects a lot. Both compliment each other.
“I take this opportunity to offer my profuse apologies to Hon Raymond Kuria, the people of Kiambaa and all PEP members who undoubtedly will be disappointed with this decision.” He said.
Kuria says the party will now focus on a nationwide tour to meet candidates who will be vying for various seats in next year’s General Elections on its ticket.