- Business in Kitui Town was Thursday paralysed the entire day long as thousands of Kitui residents thronged the streets in a show of solidarity with the three gubernatorial candidates.
Scores of buses ferrying the jubilant supporters jammed the streets causing a major traffic snarl up that took more than four hours to clear.
Governor Julius Malombe was the first one to appear before the County Returning Officer Gogo Nguma at nine in the morning, former Land Minister Charity Ngilu at 11am while Senator David Musila was cleared in the afternoon.
Immediately after acquiring nomination clearance from the electoral agency, each of the three governor contestants led their long campaign trail around the town and its environs to drum up support for their candidacy.
Addressing the press after he was successfully cleared to defend his seat, Governor Malombe exuded confidence of retaining his seat owing to “my notable track record since I assumed office in 2013.”
“The people of Kitui have approved my development record and I am certain they will vote for me overwhelmingly,” he said.
Oh her part, Mrs Ngilu urged the electorate of Kitui to give female leadership a chance and vowed to take the county to the next of socioeconomic prosperity.
Senator Musila, who ditched Wiper to run as an independent candidate after losing the party ticket to Dr Malombe, said he was confident of a landslide win in the impending national elections.
He accused the party of conducting shambolic primaries arguing that he won but the results were manipulated in favour of the incumbent governor.