United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party which is linked to Deputy President William Ruto on Monday 15 March 15, 2021, confirmed that it has withdrawn from the Juja by-elections.
The party’s Secretary-General Veronica Maina said the party would have liked to have participated in the mini-poll but it decided against it after widely consulting with the aspirants who had expressed interest in flying UDA’s flag.
She added that after the consultation, they agreed that since the late Francis Munyua Waititu popularly known as Wakapee had left a wife behind who wants to join the by-election race, the party should not get involved and will wait until the 2022 general elections.
“We would have really wished to but we have consulted widely including aspirants who had expressed interest in our party ticket and we resolved that since it is the widow Susan Njeri, we should not get involved but rather wait until 2022,” she said.
UDA had initially invited aspirants to submit their applications on or before Monday, March 8 at noon to the party headquarters at Hustler Centre, Makindi Road, Nairobi.
This was after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced that the Juja by-election for the seat that fell vacant following the death of MP Francis Waititu would be held on May 18.
Susan Njeri will now face off with the candidate of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria’s party- the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP).
Waititu passed away on Monday 22 February while receiving treatment at the MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi.
Wakapee was suffering from brain cancer since 2017 and in 2020 it was reported that he had lost his memory.
The late MP had been forced to stay away from work for several weeks as he was receiving treatment in India.
During his burial service, President Uhuru Kenyatta who was in attendance praised him for being a progressive, trusted, and devoted leader.
He pointed out that the country had lost a very progressive, trusted, and committed leader whose public actions always reflected the interests of his constituents.
He added that throughout his fight with cancer, Waititu led efforts to overcome the disease through awareness creation and support for initiatives aimed at lowering the cost of treatment in the country.
Deputy President William Ruto who also attended the service described Waititu as a principled, hardworking, and respected leader.
He stated that Wakapee was selfless, bold, and gifted with an affable personality.