Igembe South MP John Paul Mwirigi has been given a direct ticket by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) to defend his seat in the August 9 General Elections.
The MP will receive the ticket amid protests from an opponent who had declared interest in the seat.
Reuben Kaibi accused the UDA party of failing to hold party primaries in the area as expected.
Kaibi said efforts by the party to convince him to shelve his dream in favor of Mwirigi failed and the party resolved to conduct primaries.
“I was ready for nominations but when I went to the polling centres, there were no ballot boxes for the MP position. Only the woman representative and Member of County Assembly aspirants’ boxes were available
“I asked the returning officer who said the boxes would be provided but nothing happened,” he said.
Kaibi noted that ballot materials had been provided in one of the polling centers in the constituency but they were later withdrawn.
“The nomination process was a sham. I was ready for the nominations because when the MP’s aide brought a consensus letter I refused to sign it. This was also confirmed on April 6 during a meeting of aspirants in Meru town,” he added.
When reached for comment, Mwirigi said that he was not aware of any competitors in his quest to clinch the UDA ticket.
“I do not know whether there was such an opponent. There were no nominations in my constituency,” he said.
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