June Koinange, the wife to the late Kiambaa Member of Parliament Paul Koinange will go head to head with her sister-in-law Lennah Wanjiku Mbiu in the Constituency’s upcoming by-election.
According to a local daily, it indicated that June, popularly known as Maitu June, disclosed that she will be looking to succeed her husband on a Jubilee ticket.
She revealed that Kimbaa voters and opinion leaders have been discussing their next leader and came to agree that they need a person with a great personality to complete the projects that had been initiated the be late Kionange.
“The people have agreed that they need a strong personality to complete projects initiated by the late Hon. Paul Koinange,’’ she stated.
June’s declaration comes a week after her sister-in-law Lennah who is the last born child in the family of the late Minister Mbiyu Koinange, and cousin to Citizen TV News anchor Jeff Koinange, was fronted by her family in a special ceremony held at their home on Saturday 17 April 2021.
A family representative said that there are nearly 20 people who want Paul’s seat, and in the family, there were over 10 people and the family settled on Lennah to be their flag bearer.
The two join a growing list of nearly 20 aspirants in the race including the late Paul Koinange’s opponent Kariri Njama.
Paul Koinange a few weeks ago died after succumbing to COVID-19 related complications at Nairobi Hospital.
The legislator who served as the Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security was elected on a Jubilee Party ticket during the 2017 general polls.
In his message of condolence, President Uhuru Kenyata said that Kenya had lost one of its dependable leaders, whose undivided focus was the unity, stability, and progress of the country.
Uhuru also recognized Koinange’s efforts in bringing peace and tranquility to the country through the parliamentary committee that he chaired.
He said that through the National Assembly Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security where he was the Chairperson, Koinange advanced legislation and policy interventions that sought to create a peaceful, stable and tranquil nation.
Leader of Majority Party in the National Assembly, Amos Kimunya mourned the deceased as a fine gentleman, friendly to all, a real peacemaker, and fully committed to his parliamentary duties.