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Ngilu won't defend her seat on August 9, Raila says

Ngilu won't defend her seat on August 9, Raila says

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Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has withdrawn her re-election bid in favour of her opponent Julius Malombe, who is of Wiper Democratic Party. 

Ngilu, the Narc Party leader, dropped her bid on Wednesday as Azimio La Umoja coalition campaigned in Kitui ahead of the August elections.

While speaking at Mutha Market in Kitui South Sub-County, Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga said should he win the presidency, he will absorb Ngilu into his government.

 I want to take mama to Nairobi," Mr Odinga said Wednesday.

Ngilu's exit from the race now leaves first Kitui Governor Julius Malombe (Wiper), David Musila (Jubilee) and Jonathan Mueke (UDA) to battle out for the seat. 

"You will decide between former Governor Julius Malombe and former Senator David Musila who will be your governor," Odinga added.

Governor Ngilu did not immediately comment on Raila's announcement.

However, according to sources, Ngilu is keen on getting a Cabinet Secretary slot in Odinga's government.

The Governor has been facing intense competition from Dr Malombe, Mr Musila and former Nairobi deputy governor Jonathan Mueke, who is seeking the Kitui governorship on a United Democratic Alliance ticket.

She becomes the second high-ranking politician to take a break from elective politics - after Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki made a similar announcement after losing the race to deputize UDA presidential candidate William Ruto. 

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