Mbugua steps down for Yusuf Hassan in Kamukunji Parliamentary race

By Pharis Kinyua: Jamhuri News

Former Kamukunji MP Simon Mbugua has stepped down for incumbent Yusuf Hassan.

The two politicians had lodged an appeal with Jubilee Party after the primaries last week.

Hassan insisted that Mbugua won unfairly and the matter has been before Jubilee’s National elections Board Appeals Tribunal.

However, on Thursday, the former MP said he will not pursue the matter any further.

“I will not pursue this matter at the Party’s Appeal Tribunal or at the Political Parties Tribunal,” he said in a statement he issued on Thursday at Jubilee party headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi.

He said though his supporters will be “extremely disappointed”, Kamukunji residents should support Hassan in his bid.

“My thousands of supporters will be extremely disappointed to hear this decision and I want to say thank you to all of them,” he said.

He also thanked those who helped fund his campaign.

Mbugua noted that his decision to bow out of the race and support Hassan was inspired by the fact that the Somali community has a large population which will in turn, support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

“When we support that community (Somali), they are going to reciprocate. I also want to urge my Somali brothers to reciprocate this deed of goodwill by voting for honourable Yusuf Hassan so that he can become the Member of Parliament for Kamukunji and he too, can count on my support.”

On Wednesday, the tribunal overturned an earlier decision that saw incumbent Maina Kamanda’s win withdrawn and handed to his opponent Charles Njagua Kanyi alias ‘jaguar’.

Jaguar had put up a spirited fight vowing to be on the ballot come August 8 should the tribunal have ruled in favour of Kamanda.