Murang’a gubernatorial candidate Dr Irungu Kang’ata has removed his running mate Winfred Mwangi, 53, from Stephen Mburu Munania, 29, in a last-minute move to reach a deadline.
Mr Kang’ata had been denied approval from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on Sunday because Dr Mwangi, a professor at the University of Nairobi, had not resigned by February 9.
On Monday, Dr Kang’ata and Dr Mwangi announced that the issue of resignation had been resolved and they were finally allowed to run under the UDA party.
However, on the same evening, Kang’ata went on Facebook and announced a new co-candidate in a post called “joint press release” by Dr Mwangi.
“Given this, this could be a trap for the long-running cases that prevent us from campaigning, we have agreed on all sides to replace the DG,” the statement said in part, “UD Muranga’s nominee is now Stephen Mburu Munania.”
All Drs. Mwangi and Mr Munania are from Gatanga sub-county.
Mr Munania holds a degree in international diplomacy and previously served as an assistant cadre for the Kenol County commissioner.
He lost in the UDA qualifier in Kariara district against Jeremy Gichobe Mbatia.
“UDA elected him to represent marginalized youth and bring experience of public administration in running the county,” they added.
Dr Kang’ata however noted that Dr Mwangi would remain “an integral part of the UDA Muranga Chapter”.