Controversial Lawmaker and former Starehe Member of parliament Maina Kamanda has declared his interest in the senate. The outspoken lawmaker has declared that he will be contesting for the Nairobi senator’s seat.
According to sources close to the lawmaker, indicate that he made this decision in order to eat into votes that may be acquired by Karen Nyamu. The sources who sought anonymity indicated that the former Starehe MP is not looking to win but to ensure that UDA doesn’t clinch the seat.
However while speaking during a radio show, the MP indicated that his decision was informed by the people. Maina Kamanda claimed that he has been listening to the ground and Nairobians are telling him to continue leading them. Although the Member of parliament didn’t indicate which party he will be using.It is expected that he is in the Azimio coalition and most likely will seek fresh mandate on a jubilee party ticket.
Jubilee party was the winner of most of the seat in Nairobi county. The party won both the governor and senator seat and a majority of Mps and MCA’s seats. While talking at the show Maina reiterated his commitment to ensure that William Ruto doesn’t clinch the presidency.
In what can only be termed as a poorly veiled attack against the deputy president, Maina Kamanda indicated that they have a plan in action. He indicated that with azimio,they are planning to ensure that UDA doesn’t win any seat in Nairobi county. This statement however lacks backing of strategic numbers as one the show hosts reminded him.
Increased Political Parties
With the number of political parties in the country on the increase it is highly unlikely that one party will win a majority of the seats. It seems as if the county will be painted in multiple colours of different parties.
Kamanda is expected to battle it out with Edwin Sifuna of ODM and Karen Nyamu of UDA. This are the only candidates who have expressed interest in the seat.It is still unclear whether other candidates will express interest.