Kitui West parliamentary candidate under the Jubilee party Ben Mbai, has dismissed calls from the Wiper party led by Kalonzo Musyoka to step down in favour of the Wiper candidate Edith Nyenze ahead of the August polls.
The calls came after the Azimio council met last week and resolved to field 'popular' candidates with claims that the weak candidates will result to the splitting of votes and in turn benefit the Azimio opponents.
In his chat with Mutongoi TV on Thursday evening, Mbai said that it is only democratic and healthy competition for the Azimio camp to allow everyone who has been nominated by their political parties and cleared by IEBC to go for their respective seats.
"It is very important to first look at the consequences. The Azimio leadership should first engage with the electorates and know what they want, if not then the zoning will not only affect the alliance at the grassroots level but also the presidential vote."
"There is no doubt in Kitui West that the leader who will be elected will be form Azimio, so it is better if all candidates contest for the seat. Kalonzo should allow the electorates to vote for who they want, and not force them to vote for only Wiper candidates."
He excluded his confidence that he is the best leader to make the constituency better.
Remarks, minute 35.
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