Sharlet Mariam Akinyi has withdrawn her candidacy for the Msambweni Consituency by-election that will take place on December 15.
Speaking on Tuesday, November 10, Mariam announced that she has rejoined Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party months after resigning to join Jubilee with the hope of becoming the ruling party’s candidate in the by-election.
The former Governor Sonko’s aide said that she will be backing the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate Omar Boga.
Miriam was welcomed to back to Raila Odinga’s led party with coast party members after resolving her differences with the party following a meeting with the former Prime Minister.
She added that the ODM boss persuaded her to support Boga to ensure the party retains the seat.
“Mimi ni msimamo wa kisiasa na nina muelekeo sana. Kwanza itambulike ya kuwa sijawahi kuwa mwanachama yeyote isipokuwa ODM. Yale yaliyofanyika waswahili husema usilolijua ni usiku wa giza na ni mambo mengine mimi siwezi kuzungumza. Yale mengine ilikuwa ni propaganda ata ile barua sikuiandika mimi,” Miriam said.
The youthful politician dumped ODM after Deputy President William Ruto assured her of landing the Jubilee party ticket.
She however found herself in the middle of Jubilee in-fight when she accompanied DP Ruto to the Party headquarters to present her nomination papers but would later be told that party would not to field candidates in Msambweni by-election in respect of the handshake.
“With the unprecedented corporation between Jubilee and ODM in Parliament in the recent past on matters of national importance and given that this was an ODM seat, the decision has been made that Jubilee will not field a candidate in the interest of the bigger picture,” Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju said.
DP Ruto later abandoned her and threw his weight behind an independent candidate Feisal the following day.
“I came here to present my papers, but I am shocked that I will not be able to vie. Is Kenya returning to a one-party state?” Mariam stated in protest outside the Jubilee headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi.
The seat was left vacant following the death of MP Suleiman Dori who succumbed to cancer in March this year.