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Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 13:19 EATekariuki@kenyafreepress.com
Four aspirants have declared to contest the Kiambaa parliamentary seat to challenge the incumbent Paul Karuga Koinange. They will all face him during Jubilee Party primaries. The aspirants include Evans Gichia, Wilfred Karanja Thariki, Eric Mutura and Charles Munyui all vying on the Jubilee Party ticket. The question is who is likely to clinch this seat and bring the changes that people most need here.
To get the front runner to dethrone Koinange, some analysis is needed. Wilfred Karanja Thariki is seen as being of great help to the society having helped many in need. Karanja believes in consultative leadership where people will interact with their leaders on the way forward about bringing change.
Commonly referred as Sir Evans, Gichia is another promising aspirant. He is a self-employed businessmen who has outlined his development agenda for the constituency which is promising and could use it to clinch the seat on August 8. According to his speeches, he is much interested to bring change to the youths especially in nurturing their talents. For example, he has promised to develop the sports events which have been long forgotten by buying two buses to cater for their trips and the distant matches.
Sir Evans has also promised to buy the uniforms for players every year, in addition to training about 1,000 youths for free in different courses like driving, computer basics and many others. Sir Evans promises to utilize the money allocated by the government to ensure that the infrastructure will be enhanced in many areas like in Njiku Karuri and Kagondo areas.
Other aspirants are also making promises to the residents in different areas for their bid to win the coveted seat. Eric Mutura, who participated in the previous general elections but never went through, is not taking chances this time and wants to be elected to the August House.
The incumbent Paul Karuga Koinange is banking on how he has utilized Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to initiate different projects to benefit the electorate. He has always made sure that the money allocated goes to the right use and not misappropriated. Koinange has always mobilized the youths in the constituency to take part in development projects themselves by creating small businesses through the CDF funds. Needy children who are bright have also seen their dreams come true through the assistance of the bursaries from the county government.
As a result, Kiambaa constituency has developed courtesy of Koinange through the developing projects in different area benefit several wards for example in Karuri Kihara and many other wards. As the general election are round the corner each day Kiambaa constituency is having so many promises from the number of parliamentary aspirants.
Kiambaa constituency which was created in 1963 has however faced so many problems from drug abuse cases, theft cases and many school drop outs. For example, there are cases in Banana Town where most of the youths engage into bad activities such as been lured by other peers. Another problem electricity to many households with most of the areas experiencing power shortages. That has been one of the greatest plea to the leaders who are promising to vie for the seats.
Another problem is lack of water in many homes. This is one of the serious challenges facing the electorate in the constituency despite many people having applied to get water in their homes but rarely do they get it supplied. My greatest hope as one of the resident in the constituency is whoever will get to clinch the seat should be ready to work smart for the people who will elect him or her in the coming elections.