Second Nyeri County Governor Samuel Wamathai has been cleared by Jubilee Party (JP) to participate in the party’s nominations slated for April 13 to 26 this year.
Speaking to the media after presenting his nomination papers to the party’s national headquarters in Nairobi yesterday, Wamathai expressed optimism that he would retain his seat in the August 8 General elections.
Wamathai said he resolved to contest for the seat so as fulfill the development manifesto that had been rolled out by his predecessor Nderitu Gachagua who died of pancreatic cancer on February 24 at Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
The former Deputy Governor who was sworn in by Justice Jairus Ngaah on February 27 said that the Gachagua’s family has endorsed him to recapture the seat so as to complete the first Governor’s ten-year tenure.
“I was Gachagua’s deputy and I was hoping to deputize him after August 8 polls. In my custody, I have documents entailing the fulfilled and unfulfilled projects of the first Governor. I am tested and the best suitable person to run this county,” said Wamathai.
The county boss continued: “I have been cleared by the party and I believe the people of Nyeri will give me the chance to serve them”.
It is still unclear whether the Gachagua family will support Wamathai or Senator Mutahi Kagwe for the governor seat in the next polls. Kagwe has hinted at vying for the same position.