Mr Imran Okoth said “I would rather not speak now” as Ms Ongoro said she would do the needful once Mr Muturi is done with the formalities.

“You come back to me when the seat is officially vacant so that I can give you my true position. For now, we are still mourning Ken Okoth, we haven’t healed,” Ms Ongoro said.

She, however, said that she had no power to stop those speculating on social media about her imminent declaration of candidature.

With the dawn of the ‘handshake’ on March 9, 2018, it is expected that the battle will be domiciled in Mr Odinga's ODM party as Okoth was a member.

President Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party is expected to keep off the impending by-election in a similar fashion it did in Embakasi South and Ugenya last year.

ODM also reciprocated in Wajir West in the same year.

INDEPENDENTS

But it will be difficult to rule out pockets of nondescript parties fielding candidates as well as the independents.

The likelihood of the usual messy, energy sapping and time-consuming party nominations and their attendant drama that often comes with claims and counter claims of rigged nominations and therefore calls for a repeat, cannot be ruled out.

Securing the ODM ticket in the area will be akin to a guaranteed of victory in an area where Mr Odinga enjoys fanatical support having represented the area until 2013.

The late Okoth’s legacy in Kibra is summed up by development meaning that those seeking to succeed him will have a lot to prove that they are indeed equal to the task.

Institutions like Mbagathi High School, Kibera High School (under construction) and rehabilitation of the Kibera Primary School have been credited to his name for the six years he served the area.

The individual who convince the area residents in their empowerment through education with an added focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for the youth.

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