The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kibwana Lines Up Ndetei As Running Mate

The former Kibwezi MP Agnes Ndetei has dropped her candidature for a women representative's position to become a running mate of Professor Kivutha Kibwana who is vying for the Makueni county governor's seat.

Ndetei yesterday indicated that she has withdrawn her bid for the seat after Professor Kibwana asked her to his running mate during a consultative meeting with a women organisation in the area.

She said Makueni women regional assembly, a local organization fighting for women's interest in the area, prevailed upon the law professor to consider naming her the running mate and he accepted.

"Professor Kibwana and I met over the issue and he obliged to name me his running mate. I have therefore withdrawn my women representative's candidature," said Ndetei.

The convener of the organisation Mrs. Rhoda Maende confirmed Ndetei had the full support of the organisation to be Prof. Kibwana's the running mate. There are eight women vying for the Makueni women's representative seat.

She said Mrs. Ndetei was the best suited for the position because of vast experience in leadership as an MP and cabinet minister during the former regime.

"We want Professor Kibwana , General (Rtd) Lieutenant Jones Mutwii and Professor Philip Kaloki to consider Mrs. Ndetei as the running mate if they want our votes. Women in this county must be part of the government," she said.

Other Women's representative aspirants who are also keen on being running mates in the Makueni governor race besides Mrs. Ndetei include, Eunice Munanie (Kaiti), Dinah Kiptoo (Kaiti), Carolyne Malinda (Makueni), Rose Museo (Kilome).

Professor Kibwana however denied having appointed his running mate although he admitted having met the group.

He said the group was lobbying for women to be considered for a running mate position.

"I have not yet named my running mate although i met the women group who are lobbing for women to be appointed as running mates," Professor Kibwana said.

So far, there are no women aspirants to the Makueni county governors position.

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