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Monday, 03 Apr 2017 11:14 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
With only few days left to the Jubilee Party nominations, politicians eyeing top seats in Nakuru County are taking no chances as they gear up for the D-day. Being a Jubilee Party stronghold, many of the aspirants from Nakuru County are of the perception that the elections for various seats will be won on the nomination day, with those winning the party’s ticket almost certainly tipped to win their seats come August 8.
The gubernatorial race is locked between the three top contenders who are trying to outsmart each other ahead of the nominations. Incumbent Kinuthia Mbugua is battling it out with former NTSA boss Lee Kinyanjui and former NACADA boss John Mututho. Governor Mbugua has of late been facing rejection form the electorate to an extent of being booed twice in front of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
The governor is being accused of mismanagement of county resources, corruption and underdevelopment. On the other hand, Mr Mututho, a former MP for Naivasha, is banking on his successes and development record as MP, NACADA boss and a renowned international agriculture consultant while Mr Kinyanjui pegs his ambitions on his achievements as Nakuru MP between 2008-2013 and NTSA boss thereafter.
The senate race pits frontrunner Susan Kihika against veteran politician Koigi Wamwere, lawyer Karanja Kabage and businessman Jack Waihenya. Ms Kihika, who is the current Nakuru County Assembly speaker, has amazed many by the way she has run her campaigns, which analysts see as the most organized ever witnessed in the regions. She has literally taken the county by storm something that has earned her a tag of being the most influential politician in the county.
For the women representative seat, incumbent Mary Mbugua is facing stiff competition from Rev Zipporah Kimani who is being seen as the favourite for the seat. Mrs Mbugua has been accused of nepotism and mismanagement of the affirmative action fund.
From road shows to boardroom meetings to online campaigns, the top politicians are suing all available and viable means to convince the electorate into voting for them on nomination day. Focus groups like women groups, matatu associations, churches and youth groups have been a major target by the politicians.
With only one week left to the nomination date a more heightened and much intensity campaign is expected on display from the politicians as they try to outsmart one another.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County