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Saturday, 18 Feb 2017 13:19 EATekariuki@kenyafreepress.com
Githunguri MP Peter Njoroge Baiya, who is serving his second term, is facing a tough re-election bid with two serious challengers who have combed the constituency for votes for the better part of the past year. Mr Baiya is credited for initiating development projects that have been beneficial to the electorate. Elected for the first time in 2007, after previously serving as the chairman of Githunguri Dairy, the MP has continued promoting the cooperative, being also a farmer.
He has established so many projects in the constituency, including piping water to homesteads and promoting more effective harvesting technologies to sustain the people’s needs. Mr Baiya has always ensured that money allocated to the constituency has been used appropriately in each department may it be education, health, bursaries etc.
In education, he has seen many primary schools built in Githunguri. He has also helped so many needy students by issuing bursaries to them in order to continue with their studies. He is one of the top most farmers in the constituency. Nationally, he has been elected deputy chairman of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly.
However, there are many in the constituency who believe the MP never deserved a second chance, and won re-election in 2013 only by fluke, during the period when the TNA party of President Uhuru Kenyatta was still new and incumbent MPs from Central Kenya who joined it from the word go were favoured to win nomination. This year, many aspirants have come up to challenge Mr Baiya and two are giving him sleepless nights. The two are Stephen Kinuthia Ndichu and Gabriel Kago wa Lydia. Mwaura Ngarari and Moses Karanja Chutha are also in the race.
Mr Ndichu popularly known as 'Wamother' is one of the leading aspirants for the seat. An ICT guru, he has used activities that promote his enterpreniurship among the youth to campaign for himself. He has identified integrity as one of the top attributes of a great leader and has been urging Githunguri people to elect leaders with integrity, who are incorruptible and incapable of breaking the trust of people who have chosen him.
On his part, Mr Kago, who has emerged as the front-runner, is widely seen as the voice of reason, the choice of youth and the voice of downtrodden poor of Githunguri. He has promised to improve the constituency by working better with farmers. His main objectives are to improve farming in the area since there is good climatic conditions which can be favourable to the farmers by having good farm produce.
Mr Kago says that job opportunities will be there for the youths in the constituency who face quite a number of problems especially in the dairy farming. For instance farmers have always complained in the imbalance of the milk they get. The imbalance in milk is experienced in different areas based on the approach from different farmers.
Another problem is poor infrastructure, most of the roads in Githunguri are impassable during the rainy seasons. They also do have a problem of poor hygiene from the area. The dairy farmers lack proper sanitation for their farm produce. Another problems is lack of job opportunities in Githunguri, in particular for the youth who do not have farms. Many of the aspirants, notably Mr Kago, have targeted the youth vote by initiating sports events such as football tournaments.