In Summary

  • Independents, who have since formed an association, have been having meetings as they strategise on how they will fight for various seats even as they support the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta.
  • Their main argument against being sidelined is that they will shore up numbers of the presidential overall tally and therefore they should not be ignored.

The political landscape in strongholds of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto is headed for a major shake-up as independents get ready for a contest with Jubilee Party candidates.

The independents, who have since formed an association, have been having meetings as they strategise on how they will fight for various seats even as they support Mr Kenyatta's re-election.

Their main argument against being sidelined is that they will shore up numbers of the presidential overall tally and therefore they should not be ignored.

There are 4,950 independent candidates, according to IEBC records.

This number includes those who are supporting the candidature of Nasa’s Raila Odinga for president, and it will be hard for the two sides to ignore them as elections approach.

After the Jubilee Party primaries President Uhuru Kenyatta, pleaded with the losers to accept the outcome, saying the process was free and fair.

But the politicians are undeterred by the President’s word, and have vowed to go to the ballot box as independent candidates, rubbishing calls for a “six-piece suit” election.

Sources indicate that presidential campaign team is now mulling advising the President and his deputy to ensure the independents and their supporters are not alienated.

STRATEGY MEETINGS

The Nation has learned that the independents who didn’t clinch Jubilee tickets have been having a series of strategy meetings, with the latest held on Thursday in Nairobi.

Tomorrow, they are expected to hold a meeting at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani gymnasium where they will spell out their agenda.

Sources indicated that they have invited President Kenyatta to the Kasarani meeting but it was unclear if he would honour the invite.

“We are expecting to fill the 5,000-capacity gymnasium. We have received overwhelming response from across the country from independent candidates who are supporting the re-election of the President,” said Tetu MP Ndung’u Gethenji.

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