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Thursday, 19 Jan 2017 14:19 EAT
A former Machakos ODM official is the latest influential politician to declare interest for the Kangundo West ward county representative seat. Titus Ikusya Kaloki, formerly Machakos County branch ODM chair, and who was in the race for Kangundo parliamentary seat in 2013, has now vowed to capture the MCA seat in the August 8th election.
The seat is currently held by Mbiu Kanui, who was elected on a Democratic Party (DP) ticket. Other aspirants for the seat include Mr Kaloki’s former opponent in the Kangundo parliamentary race, Charles Mbuva who is angling on the position through the Wiper party. In 2013, Mr Mbuva emerged third in the parliamentary race, running on the Ford-Kenya ticket.
In an interview with the Kenya Free Press earlier today, Mr Kaloki, who is a university lecturer and management consultant, indicated he will contest the seat through Maendeleo Chap Chap party led by Machakos governor Alfred Mutua. “This time round we must win. I have held wide consultations with residents of Kangundo West and they have assured me of their unwavering support as I seek to become their next member of county assembly,” he said.
In the last general election, Mr Kaloki was considered former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s key point man in political affairs within Machakos County. The man is considered a smart political strategist, who played a key role in cementing the coalition talks between Mr Odinga’s ODM party and Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper ahead of the 2013 elections.
He also brings on the table unparalleled academic and professional credentials compared to his opponents. His entry to the race effectively makes that particular ward the key focal point of Kangundo politics, considering that former Kangundo Town Council chairman, Sammy Mweki, is also in the contest. Mr Mweki served as the council chairman for the larger Kangundo for ten years.
Political observers say the race will be a difficult one considering the fact that the three aspirants - Kaloki, Mweki and Mbuva are all seasoned politicians who command huge following in different parts, and have prior experience in massive vote hunting gained over the years.
Kangundo constituency has four wards namely Kangundo East, Kangundo West, Kangundo North and Kangundo Central.