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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.

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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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