Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU) candidate for the Machakos Senate race, Lily Nduku Mwanzia, has withdrawn from the race and thrown her weight behind Maendeleo Chap Chap\u2019s Mutua Katuku. Ms Mwanzia, who was accompanied by a host of CCU national officials led by the party\u2019s secretary general, Phillipe Sadja made the announcement yesterday at a press conference in Machakos. She was received by Katuku and several other officials of the Maendeleo Chap Chap party. CCU was the party on whose ticket the late Senator Boniface Kabaka clinched the senatorial seat in the 2017 General-Election. Kabaka was the CCU\u2019s party leader until his demise. \u201cAfter extensive consultations as a party, we have resolved and agreed to withdraw our candidate, Lily and back Katuku for the seat,\u201d Sadja said. The secretary general noted the party\u2019s resolve to withdraw their candidate in favor of Katuku was agreed after the candidate, party officials and supporters entered into a consensus. \u201cWe have had a candid discussion with our candidate as well as party officials and supporters and we are in agreement to not only endorse Katuku but also campaign for him to make sure he wins the seat,\u201d he said. He said Katuku was the most competent candidate, owing to his wide experience in legislation and oversight when he served as Mwala MP for 10 years. Mwanzia said she withdrew from the race in the best interest of Machakos residents. \u201cOur desire as a party is to ensure that the oversight agenda in the Senate is driven by the right person. We believe Katuku is competent enough to deliver such mandate,\u201d she said. Huge boost Katuku termed the endorsement as a huge boost for his senatorial bid. \u201cI thank CCU for supporting my candidature. We take their help very seriously and we believe ours will be a combination that will deliver victory to us and the people of Machakos,\u201d he said. He pledged to put the interests of Machakos residents first of elected senator and dismissed claims by his opponents that he will be incapable of checking the excesses of the executive. \u201cBeing from the same party as the governor does not mean I\u2019ll be compromised. Never. I will tighten all bolts to ensure the county executive undertakes their obligation in accordance with the law,\u201d said Katuku. The People Trust Party\u2019s Secretary-General Joseph Mathuki has announced the party\u2019s support for Katuku. Mathuki had earlier announcement bid for the Senate race said his party\u2019s structures will be activated up to the grassroots to ensure Katuku clinches the seat in March 18 by-election.