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Naivasha MP Karanja Kihagi banks on record in re-election bid

Ndegwa Nguthiru is very confident that he has what it takes for Naivasha to progress especially in addressing the menace of drug abuse which is rampant even as many cases go unattended in the constituency.

By Edith Kariukiekariuki@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 01 Mar 2017 15:25 EAT

Mr Kihagi (right) with Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua early last month.

Naivasha constituency is one of the 11 constituencies in Nakuru County. It’s a vast constituency created in 1997 with John Karanja Kihagi as the current MP elected on a TNA ticket in the 2013 general elections. The first term MP has shown quite a good job as compared to others who served before him through his leadership where he has worked hard to transform the lives of many people in Naiavasha.

His predecessors included the first MP Paul Samuel Kihara who died soon after winning his second term in 2002, his wife Jane Wanjiru Kihara who won in a by-election in 2003 but lost to John Michael Njenga Mututho in 2007. The incumbent is credited for the good use of constituency funds including Uwezo, CDF and bursary funds to support the youths in creating their own jobs as well as helping people from different groups with food support during the tough times of drought experienced by the communities especially the Masaai community.

He has also improved education and as a result the education in Naivasha has seen many institutions refurbished or set up from scratch. Due to his working relationship with schools, the constituency has posted good results in national examinations both in primary and secondary levels under his watch. Many schools have been upgraded from provincial to national schools a good example is Karima Girls.

Despite having positive outcomes, however, the MP also faces opposition from those who believe he has not involved the people in the constituency's affairs well enough. He has had some issues to deal with, such as cases of insecurity have been very rampant in the constituency in recent cases in areas like Karagita. Some constituents feel he has not supported the police nor brought pressure on them to do their job well as an elected representative.

As the general election approaches, among Mr Karanja's most serious opponents include Anthony Rebo Ngure, James Kiiru, Joseph Macharia, and Wambui Wa Muthuri. Mr Rebo, who is vying on a Jubilee ticket, believes it’s time for change in Naivasha constituency leadership and promises to take Naivasha forward by more effective representation in Parliament.

Mr Rebo believes he is the Biblical Moses who will deliver Naivasha from “Scavenger” leaders who have left the constituency in the abyss of poverty. He says it’s time for change, and he wants to focus on infrastructure in Naivasha town and its environs by rebuilding sanitation services and health. One of his concerns is to construct the road in Maella which he says have been neglected for years.

Another also vying on Jubilee ticket is Ndegwa Nguthiru. He is very confident that he has what it takes for Naivasha to progress especially in addressing the menace of drug abuse which is rampant even as many cases go unattended in the constituency. He regrets that youths are lured into drug taking and therefore ruining their lives.

He stands firm in calling on the people to vote for leaders not because of their fame but because of their ability to bring change. He says that when people vote for corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors they are not victims but accomplices. He is mobilizing youths to come out in large to support him so that they can work together. Nguthuri believes that failure defeat losers but inspires winners, assuring that given chance will bring, develop and transform Naivasha.

But as the aspirants their ideas and pledges the matter now is with the electorate to choose the right candidate. Only the actions can tell as we all know actions speak louder than words not just by the word of mouth. The truth of the matter is that most of the aspirants are very promising to the people but once they get the chance to clinch the sit, they sit back to relax and neglect the people forgetting that they had once promised to work for them.

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