The race for the Gatundu South parliamentary seat has taken a new dimension after the widow of immediate former MP Joseph Ngugi declared her candidature.
Joyce Wanjiku Ngugi, a mother of two, made the announcement during prayers at her late husband’s Gitare village rural home.
She said her decision to run for the seat follows numerous requests by the constituents.
“I am responding to the call of the people who requested me to continue with the work my late husband had started.
“I was touched by pleas and calls to step into the shoes of my husband and continue with the good work he had started of developing the constituency and I humbly agree,” she said.
Mrs Ngugi said she will be going for the TNA nominations slated for Monday next week and appealed to voters to turnout in large numbers and endorse her.
So far, five candidates have announced they would contest the seat. They include Mrs Ngugi, TNA strategist Moses Kuria, advocate Joachim Kamere, insurance manager Thuka Maracha and a former councillor in the defunct Thika County Council John Ndung’u Ngugi Karing’u.
Also said to be eyeing the seat is Catherine Ndung’u, a trader and member of the national PCEA woman’s guild and Nairobi businessman Zachary Mukui who contested in the last general election.
The seat fell vacant after Mr Ngugi died of a heart attack at his Runda home on May 21, 2014. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has set the by-election for August 7.
“I am asking the people of Gatundu South to give me a chance and I will not let them down. I will pursue my late husband’s development programs to the conclusion if given the chance,” Mrs Ngugi said.
Mrs Ngugi is expected to ride on the wave of her husband’s popularity and may spring a surprise as she is expected get sympathy votes in the by-election.