MP who had vowed to resign if Jubilee lost to UDA in Rurii Ward by-election changes tune

Kipipiri MP explains why he is not ready to quit

President Uhuru Kenyatta with National Assembly Majority Amos Kimunya and a section of Jubilee party MPs

Kipipiri MP and National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya has backed out of his promise of resigning over the just concluded Rurii Ward by-election.

Mr Kimunya had vowed to surrender his seat if the Jubilee candidate did not take the seat.

The ruling party lost to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party with a margin of just over 1,000 votes.

UDA candidate Francis Muraya garnered 4,303 votes against 3,143 votes which went to Jubilee party's Peter Thinji.

Mr Kimunya alleged that he could not resign as yet because he had consulted with his constituents before making the declaration.

"Unfortunately for me, I did not consult the people of Kipipiri that I represent. Resigning is a fundamental issue that requires public participation

"When I consult enough, I doubt if the people of Kipipiri will allow me to bear the consequence on a matter of another constituency," Kimunya stated, abandoning his earlier promise.

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