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KENYA DECIDES: Uncovering Covert Battles For County Seats

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nurse geneva;”>According to the recent polls by various research firms, unemployment is the main issue to consider when electing the next bunch of leaders.


However, the main counties to watch in the coming election include; Nairobi, Makueni, Machakos, Kakamega, Kitui, Bungoma, Nakuru and Mombasa.


We take an up close and candid look at the individual counties and what the electorate will be looking for when electing the various political bigwigs offering themselves as candidates for senatorial and gubernatorial position.


Nairobi County


In the capital the campaign has intensified to determine who ends up winning the election with each candidate wooing voters with promises to beef up security and fight the increasingly unemployment in the city.


The senatorial race has 3 equally strong candidates who are all newcomers in politics. The senate has Bishop Margaret Wanjiru of ODM, Stanley Livondo allied to UDF and Gideon Mbuvi of TNA.


The three candidates are equally strong and none of them has served in parliament for more than 5 years.


Bishop Wanjiru is the immediate former Starehe MP and she had earlier eyed for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat on ODM which is currently held by the Evans Kidero.


Gideon Mbuvi is the immediate former Makadara MP and Livondo challenged Raila Odinga in the 2007 general election on PNU ticket which he lost to the premier.


According to the recent poll ratings by ipso Synovate/standard Gideon Mbuvi has had an upper hand in the race to the senatorial seat. In the gubernatorial race both Cord and Jubilee alliance have filed 2 candidates each.


Under the Cord alliance Evans Kidero of ODM and Philip Kisia of Federal Party of Kenya will face Ferdinand Waititu of TNA and Jimnah Mbaru of APK of Jubilee alliance. Dr. Kidero named Jonathan Mueke, a 36-year old IT expert and a member of the Wiper Democratic Party member his named his running mate.


Makueni County


Another battle ground for the political bigwigs will be in Makueni County where the senate has attracted Cord alliance’s Mutula Kilonzo and PICK’s Harun Mwau who hasn’t re-aligned himself with any alliance.


Education minister Mutula Kilonzo has an uphill task of challenging a man who has not only money but political momentum within the county. Mwau is a tycoon who doesn’t care how much he spends to get what he wants.


In the gubernatorial race it will be a battle for the professors to outdo each other. Immediate former Kibwezi MP Professor Philip Kaloki allied to Wiper Democratic Party will face Former President Mwai Kibaki’s advisor on coalition government Professor Kivutha kibwana of Muungano party both of cord alliance.


Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo has since said he doesn’t endorse any candidate for the gubernatorial seat saying that he would work with whoever is elected by the voters.


In Machakos County the battle lines have now been drawn for 2 political heavy weights racing for the gubernatorial position.


The largest county in Ukambani area in population wise, has the Immediate former Government spokesman Dr. Alfred Mutua and the Youth Affairs Assistant Minister Wavinya Ndeti who got a boast after Former Water Minister Decamped to her party after losing in the Wiper Democratic party Nominations.


Also a significant candidate is the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Kenya Dr. Nzioki Kibua allied to Democratic Party of Kenya which is currently under cord alliance shall pose challenge to the two.


Wavinya Ndeti and her rival Dr. Alfred Mutua have intensified their campaigns to clinch the county’s top executive job.


In the senate race former Kangundo MP Johnston Muthama will yet again face it with Boniface Kabaka who he trounced in the primaries.


Former chair of the taskforce on devolved government Dr. Julius Malombe of Wiper Democratic Movement has also intensified his campaigns in the race to be Kitui premier Governor. Malombe who is a first timer in elective jobs is racing against the outspoken immediate Former Mutito (Now Kitui East) legislator Kiema Kilonzo of NARC in the lower Eastern’s Kitui County.


In the senate race the main contenders are Defence assistant minister David Musila who faces Water minister Charity Ngilu. David Musila has an upper hand owing to the fact that he is swimming with the wave of the wiper democratic party which he chairs. Water Minister will be forced to burn extra calories to convince the residence to elect her to senate.


In Kakamega all eyes will be on the gubernatorial race which has former PC Paul Olando and housing Minister Soita Shitanda in Amani coalition while CORD coalition has Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya Simbauni Ndombi (Federal Party of Kenya) and Albert Mwilitsa (URP) brings the number to 5.


In the senate all eyes are set to two bull fighters Bonny Khalwale of UDF and federal party of Kenya leader Cyrus Jirongo.


And finally the Bungoma County promises a fierce fight as minister and former Cabinet members set their eyes on the Senate. Trade minister Moses Wetangula, former ministers Mukhisa Kituyi, and Musikari Kombo will lock horns in the race for Senate.


Moses Wetang’ula faces his predecessor in the leadership of the Ford Kenya to clinch the seat that if he wins will end up being the country’s first leader of majority if Raila Odinga wins in the presidential race.


Chimpreports will closely monitor the counties in the countdown to the March 4 general election.



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