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Governor Mbugua bows out of Nakuru race, joins hands with Lee Kinyanjui

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has stepped down from the race and thrown his weight behind Jubilee Party candidate Lee Kinyanjui.

The decision was arrived at during a meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and leaders in the county affiliated to the ruling coalition at State House Nakuru in Saturday.

Sources have revealed that Mr Mbugua was advised to step down to counter the Nasa threat in the county.

The humiliation he suffered during the party nominations, during which Kinyanjui emerged victorious, and the visit by the president and his deputy may also have contributed.

CLEARED TO RUN

This comes after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cleared seven candidates to vie for the Nakuru gubernatorial seat.

Those cleared on Friday were John Mututho, who is running as an independent candidate, Jubilee Party’s Kinyanjui and first time aspirant, Isaiah Gichanga, who is also an independent.

On Thursday IEBC had cleared Governor Mbugua (independent candidate), Dr Peter Koros of Chama Cha Mashinani and Kanu’s Ben Njoroge Paul.