Barely two months after the unforeseen demise of Ogiek community’s only senator, Victor Pregei, Jubilee, the party that sponsored him to the August house has sourced a substantive replacement to the vacant seat from Nyandarua county for the remaining short stint before the 12th Parliament is wound up to pave way for the next general election.
Mr. Isaac Ngugi will now be the holder of the coveted seat courtesy of his party.
Mr. Ngugi was a third option given that the party had initially settled on Nakuru Jubilee branch secretary Peter Cheruiyot but the age requirement failed him. He had apparently outgrown the 35-year old age limit as per IEBC requirements.
Wambui Nyutu, the vice chairperson of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) had also withdrawn her name from consideration as Pregei’s replacement despite meeting all the requirements alongside the age limit.
The 30 year-old lawyer argued that she was content serving at the NCIC where she was looking to make a difference.
Making the announcement on Thursday, Jubilee party secretary-general Raphael Tuju stated that although politicians had lobbied for the seat to be given to someone from the minority community, it was a position largely intended for youth.
Senate nominee Isaac Ngugi
Cheruiyot was however not left in the cold after the age limit pushed him out. Tuju has revealed that he has been promoted and he will now work full-time as a senior director at the party’s headquarters.
The senate nominee, Mr. Ngugi, was very instrumental in Jubilee party’s 2017 campaigns as he was the national coordinator of Team Uhuru, a fully-fledged youth wing that was formed to drum countrywide support for the re-election of the president and his deputy.
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