Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua on Saturday endorsed ODM candidate in the Kibra by-election Bernard Imran Okoth.
In a meeting with Kamba delegates living in Kibera, Mutua told the group that the ODM candidate was best suited to take over his late brother, Ken Okoth.
Ken succumbed to colorectal cancer in July.
In the meeting the ODM leader Raila Odinga, Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and a host of other leaders were present.
Mutua said that in the spirit of the Handshake, he had decided to support the ODM candidate since he represents the Raila-Uhuru deal.
“I have lived in Kibra, I lived in Makina. I understand the challenge of Kibra People. I schooled in Toi primary and went to Joseph Kang’ether high school.
There is no part of Kibra that I dont know. So if you see me here today know very well that Handshake is working. Imran is the candidate of Handshake,” said Mutua.
The Machakos Governor went ahead and slammed the Jubilee party candidate McDonald Mariga’s urging the Kibra residents not accept leaders who are imposed on them.
“I feel disturbed seeing somebody being imposed on the Kibra people. As a person who has lived in Kibra, I feel bad seeing someone imposing an incompetent person on Kibra voter,” added the governor.
On her part, Ngilu urged Kibra residents to respect Raila’s track record and support his candidate since he has done a lot in changing their lives.
She expressed optimism that the ODM candidate will win the seat and urged him to work well for the people of Kibra once elected.
“Hon Imran, we want you to win this seat so that you can finish the work that your brother had started…
Nobody should come and mislead you with any other person, follow what our leader Raila has said and let us elect his candidate,” said Ngilu.
The campaigns for the Kibra seat seems to be gaining moment as various political parties seek to solidify their support base.
The campaigns will most likely end on Tuesday to pave way for the preparation of the by-election set for November 7.
The ODM candidate is facing tough competition from ANC’s Eliud Owalo, and the Jubilee’s Mariga among other 20 candidates cleared by the IEBC.