Trans Nzoia independent candidates to meet for poll strategy

Tuesday May 16 2017

Ken Wafula, an independent candidate for the

Ken Wafula, an independent candidate for the Trans Nzoia senatorial seat. He says go-it-alone candidates in the county will meet on May 8, 2017 in Kitale. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By GERALD BWISA
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More than 100 independent candidates in Trans Nzoia County will meet in Kitale town next week to plan on how to unite and ensure their victory in the August elections.

The candidates, who are vying for various seats and had lost primaries under Ford Kenya and the Jubilee Party, are set to meet on Monday to form a "third force" in the region.

“Our aim is to develop a common manifesto, agenda and platform for our campaign where we will discuss coming together as a strong third force,” said Ken Wafula, the executive director of the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy and also an aspirant for Trans Nzoia senatorial seat.

Mr Wafula said the aspirants will also deliberate and decide which presidential candidate to support, between Jubilee Party’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and the National Super Alliance'a flag-bearer Raila Odinga.

All the aspirants are expected to carry with them copies of clearance certificates from the registrar of political parties showing proof of their candidature.

But Endebess MP Robert Pokose cautioned the aspirants, saying teeming up to campaign is against the law because they had been defeated in the primaries.

“Most of these aspirants are those who failed in the recently concluded nominations and what they want to do by coming together to form an alliance is unconstitutional,” said Mr Pokose when the Jubilee Party issued certificates to nomination winners in Kitale on Tuesday.