Sharlet Mariam opts out of Mswambweni by-election, backs ODM’s candidate


Independent Candidate Sharlet Mariam Akinyi has opted out in the forthcoming Mswambweni by-election slated for December 15th 2020.

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The seat was left vacant following the death of MP Suleiman Ramadhani Dori who succumbed to cancer in March this year.

In the meantime, Sharlet Mariam Akinyi has returned back to the Orange Democratic Party after she announced her bid to run for the vacant Msambweni seat independently after abandoning the party.

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She also announced her support for ODM’s Omar Boga, in the Msambweni by-election race.

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In September, the Jubilee Party said that it would not field a candidate in the by-election.

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Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju said the decision had been made following the handshake deal with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga.

“With the unprecedented corporation between Jubilee and ODM in Parliament in the recent past on matters of national importance and given that this was an ODM seat, the decision has been made that Jubilee will not field a candidate in the interest of the bigger picture,” said Tuju.

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Independent candidate Faisal Bader backed by Deputy President William Ruto was cleared and handed a certificate by the IEBC for the forthcoming Msambweni by-elections.

At least 11 candidates are expected to contest for the Msambweni parliamentary seat.

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