By Brighton Makori
Kisii Kenya 29 March 2021………...Eight candidates have so far been cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to run in the Bonchari parliamentary seat by-election slated on May 18 of this year among of them being youths .
Those who were cleared on Monday include youthful Candidate Kevin Mosomi of the Party of Democracy Unity (PDU), Jonah Onkendi Ondieki of the New Democrats (TND), Charles Mogaka Ndege of Progressive Party of Kenya (PPK), Teresa Bitutu Oloo of United Democratic Alliance [UDA], former Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority director-general Pavel Oimeke Orange Democratic Movement [ODM ]
Also cleared is Jeremiah Atancha of Agano party, Victor Omanwa (Party of Economic Democracy) and Paul Matagaro of (Mwangaza Tu Party). are among those cleared by Bonchari Constituency Returning Officer Benson Ambuko on Monday afternoon.
Addressing the Media after they were cleared each candidate showed confidence of winning the seat .
Kevin Mosomi of PDU said that its time for the youths to take the mantle and transform Bonchari constituency adding that he is confident of winning the seat.
“Am the youngest in this race not for trials but we are determined to win , what Bonchari needs is a youthful leader for meaningful change in the constituency not the party ,” slated Mosomi
In his part Charles Mogaka Ndege of Progressive Party of Kenya (PPK said he will help reduce poverty levels which are high in the constituency.
“For many years we have been unrepresented, we have not had a leader who will fight for us. If elected, I will ensure proper representation in parliament, equal distribution of resources within the Constituency, “said Mr Mogaka.
Jonah Onkendi Ondieki of the New Democrats (TND) assured residents of prudent use of public resources if elected.
“We only have a few months left to the next General Elections. I will not promise much now, but I will ensure proper use of resources if elected to serve for the remaining short period,” said Mr Onkendi .
On his part Teresa Bitutu said that she was advised by the members of the public to vie for the seat and complete the projects initiated by her late husband John Oloo oyioka
Victor Omanwa (Party of Economic Democracy) called upon the electorates to elect him through the Party which he said remains to be the only community based party .
Following the President Kenyatta’s directives they noted that they will change strategies of campaigning even doing home visitation.
On Tuesday, Mary Sally Keraa (United Green Movement) Jubilee’s Zebedeo John Opore,, Nyakea Erick Oigo (National Reconstruction Alliance), David Ogega Oyugi (Kenya Social Congress) and Margaret Gesare Nyabuto (Maendeleo Chap Chap) will present their nomination papers.