Gabriel Chapia Bukachi (aka Chapia Chapia) is not just what the doctor ordered to correct the mess in Dagoretti North post 2022, he is now the talk of town after hosting Deputy President William Ruto at Gatina with a mammoth crowd such as Kawangware has not seen in decades. Gabriel Chapia is a vigorous man who is the very definition of a Hustler: A man no one can outwork, a firm believer in empowering others from the bottom up and a firebrand who is ready to take the bull by its horns.
It is whispered that the emergence of Gabriel Chapia to lay claim on Dagoreti North MP is the main reason behind the migration of the incumbent MP Simba Arati to his native Kisii County. Insiders in the Arati camp confess that he has moved his politics back to his Kisii Village after 15 years in Nairobi for fear of a trouncing in the hands of Chapia Chapia. In fact, rumour has it that even in 2017, Arati had to get Raila to offer Chapia Chapia the Senatorial seat to avoid facing him for the ODM ticket and to stop him from decamping to Jubilee to be his opponent.
And with Simba Arati out of the way, Gabrial Chapia is as good as awaiting to be sworn in as the Dagoreti North MP as he will likely win the seat by 8AM on Tuesday 9th August 2022. The man has no serious competition and any potential opponent there maybe must be quaking with fear at the prospect of confronting Chapia Chapia in Dagoretti North where is his popularity and grassroots network is now a matter of notoriety after yesterday’s show of might. Indeed, by all indications, Chapia is poised to win the Dagorettti North by landslide come 2022 and any opponents who will against him will have to content with escorting him to victory.
It turns out Chapia Chapia’s runaway popularity in Dagoretti North goes back to the time when he served in the area as a Ward Administrator for almost 5 years while also being resident in the area for the last decade. In that time, Chapia Chapia built strong and valuable networks especially with small-scale traders many of whom he helped and came to love him for shielding them from harassment by City Askaris. Chapia Chapia is a living embodiment of the Bottom Up Approach having helped many groups of hustlers start businesses as well as youth to set up car washes in Dagoretti North.
In fact, it is said that defection of Gabriel Chapia from ODM to Party Jubilee 5 days to the election in August 2017 is what boosted the numbers for the party candidate in Dagoretti North Former Speaker Beatrice Elachi and helped her garner 33,425 Votes. Many observers in Dagoretti North are quick to point that had Gabriel Chapia defected earlier and moved around selling Elachi as his preferred candidate for longer, the story would have been different and the gap of 10,000 votes between her and Arati would have been closed and she would be in Parliament today.
Thus, with Ruto having clearly thrown his weight behind Chapia Chapia as it was clear from his visit to Gatina yesterday, the first time the Deputy President appears to endorse an MP aspirant even before UDA Party primaries, the Dagoretti North MP seat is set to go the way of Dagoretti South where Ruto loyalist John Kiarie easily trounced Dennis Waweru in 2017. With Chapia Chapia enjoying the support of Bishop Margaret Wanjiru and set to be the flagbearer of the increasingly popular UDA Party in Dagoretti North, there is no hope for anyone looking to compete with him.
True to form, Chapia Chapia has not just been sitting waiting to get elected MP. Besides campaigning aggressively and reactivating his networks in Dagoretti North, Chapia Chapia went back to school and last year graduated with a Masters of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi. He was supervised for the Master’s thesis by Prof. Ndeti Ndati and his research explored impact of sexting among youth in Dagoretti North. No question, the people of Dagoretti North have a man who cares and who knows what they need in Chapia Chapia and what awaits is for him to give them a chance to make things happen for them!
Why Wakili Oliver Kipchumba’s Senatorial Bid is Good News for Uasin Gichu
Wakili Oliver Karori Kipchumba is set to debunk the myth that Uasin Gichu County cannot produce a Senator who is worthy the office. The County has won the notoriety in Senate as one that has misfortune of electing Senators who go in the opposite direction from the hopes and aspirations of the Uasin Gichu Residents. But that is about to change when Oliver Kipchumba, who has no serious challenger thus far, gets elected as the third Uasin Gichu Senator. With UDA Primaries just a fortnight away, Uasin Gichu Residents are showing open preference for Wakili Kipchumba as their Senator over Incumbent Governor Mandago who they see as part of the rotting wound in the County they are trying to cauterize.
One cannot argue with the fact that while Uasin Gichu County has many good things but it stands out as one of those counties in Kenya that has never been well represented in the Senate of Kenya since 2013. When Uasin Gichu Residents replaced the Silent Senator Isaac Melly (who spoke not once in the Senate) with Prof. Margaret Kamar, little did they know their Senator will make it her business to oppose what they support and support what they can’t stand at all.
Today, tired of shenanigans of Margaret Kamar, Uasin Gichu Residents are by all indications looking for new blood and a political firebrand to send to the Senate to voice their agenda. This is why many Uasin Gichu residents consider the entry of Lawyer Oliver Kipchumba into the Senatorial Race as God’s answer to their fervent prayers for someone to rescue them from the misfortune of deadbeat senators
The youthful and eloquent Oliver Kipchumba who describes himself as “a liberal conservative politician, an advocate, Political Commentator, Entrepreneur and a Committed Sunday School Teacher” reminds many Uasin Gichu residents of the young William Ruto who on arriving on the political stage in Eldoret North soon eclipsed those who had hitherto been deemed unbeatable and has never looked back. Many youth in the County also see Oliver Kipchumba candidature as their chance to elect one of their own.
Oliver Kipchumba is not new to politics and leadership having been the Student Leader during his time at Moi University. He has since become a sought-after political debater by most National Television. He has also cut his teeth as a leading lawyer and has appeared for and represented many big names in court and in the boardroom. There is no denying when Uasin Gichu Residents elect Oliver Kipchumba in 2022 they shall have guarantee of the best and most articulate representation and oversight in the Senate.
Oliver is a duly admitted Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and an Holder of Masters of Laws (LL.M) from Strathmore University, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Moi University and Diploma in Laws from Kenya School of Law. Besides his quest to clinch the Uasin Gichu Senator seat, Oliver has been at the forefront in recruiting, coordinating and leading professionals in support of the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto’s bid to be the next President.
Based on his slogan of Putting Devolution into Perspective, Oliver Kipchumba says the role of the Senator is indispensable as the official spokespersons of the County in Parliament. He believes the next Uasin Gichu Senator must ensure the County Residents and Kenyans at large enjoy the fruits of devolution and the Governors and MCAs live up to their manifesto and expectations of the residents. If elected, Oliver Kipchumba is determined to end the culture of excess and runaway graft in the counties and ensure that the Second Governor of Uasin Gichu County delivers for the people.
Wakili Mbaluka Switch to Vie for Machakos Senator a Hailed as Sure Win
Top Nairobi Lawyer Hon Joel Kyatha Mbaluka has joined United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and opted to vie for Machakos Senator, a move that has been hailed as a game changing hat trick and sure win by many political analysts. Many have hailed the move by Wakili Mbaluka to shift from the crowded Gubernatorial Race to vie for Machakos Senator as the right thing to given that Machakos Residents are frustrated by the illiteracy and incompetence of the Incumbent Senator and the other aspirants who have expressed interest in the seat left by Late Machakos Senator Hon Boniface Kabaka.
Wakili Mbaluka, being a counsel like Hon Boniface Kabaka, has been described as the right man to fit the big shoes left by the late articulate and firebrand senator who is already being missed by most residents who had grown to like his activism in the Senate. There is consensus among most Machakos Residents that they made a mistake in electing a Class 7 drop out to represent them in the current Senate which has become the house of the most learned debate.
Many Machakos County residents are alarmed that Senator Kavindu Muthama is yet to make a maiden speech more than one year since she was sworn in. In fact, many residents are not even aware who is their current Senator as they have not seen her in the news or speaking on the floor of the Senate. Even with all the stealing that has gone on in Machakos County in the last year, not once did Senator Kavindu as much as make a statement to call for transparency or accountability.
In fact, according to analysts, nothing has prepared Machakos County residents to elect another lawyer as Senator in August 2022 than having an incompetent gap Senator. People now can tell the difference between having a Senator who knows his job like Kabaka and having dead weight like Kavindu who is not even aware what is her job description. This is working to Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka’s advantage given that he is considered as an outsider in Machakos County affairs and has no conflict of interest.
Analysts are also quick to note that Machakos County having rejected a Wiper Senate Candidate to elect Senator Kabaka, they will readily elect Senator Joel Kyatha Mbaluka to get the job done. Senator Mbaluka also has the advantage of coming from the Lower Machakos like Kabaka. His unity with UDA Chairman Hon Johnstone Muthama is likely to give him an advantage in other parts of Machakos which will sweep him to office with ease. As many have noted about Mbaluka’s shift to Senatorial race, holding all other factors constant, he may as well begin to prepare for swearing in as Next Machakos Senator.
Why Mbaluka is Preferred by 57% of Residents as Next Machakos Governor
Machakos Governor Aspirant Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka continues to lead in the polls even as his rating among the County residents is soaring to new heights. This runaway popularity of the Lawyer has been attributed to his demonstration of understanding who is a Governor, what does a Governor do and what he Machakos electorate should expect from him as the next Governor. In the latest Machakos poll, Wakili Mbaluka is leading with 57% of Machakos County Residents saying if elections are held today they will vote for him. His nearest competitor has meagre 18% support less than a third of Mbaluka’s support.
The opinion poll sampled the opinion of Machakos residents by posing the question: Who is Machakos Next Governor? The county residents were given to choose between Hon Kyatha Mbaluka, Hon Wavinya Ndeti (CAS of Transport), Hon Florence Mwangangi (Machakos County Speaker), Hon Johnstone Muthama (Former Senator and UDA Chairperson), Hon Francis Maliti (Machakos Deputy Governor) and Hon Patrick Makau (Mavoko Constituency MP). In what has been described as a case of David versus Goliaths, Wakili Mbaluka is emerging as the leader in the crowded race for next Machakos Governor.
The success of Wakili Mabluka has been attributed to his understanding of the role of Governor and how he has gone about selling himself to residents across the County. “A Governor is a Manager of County Affairs and resources and should be a diligent Manager and Brilliant Organizer like Joel Kyatha Mbaluka who is both a learned Lawyer but holder of a Master in Financial Management. Machakos County Residents can count on Governor Mbaluka to prudently deal with their county affairs and ensure our County resources are not wasted or misappropriated by dishonest county workers and cartels,” said a Political Analyst who requested anonymity.
According to Wakili Mbaluka, a Governor ought to be a diligent manager who understands the problems of his People like himself. He notes that having grown up in squalor within Machakos County and having had to endure going to a Primary School seven kilometers away on bare feet and to fetch water with a donkey every afternoon after school 12 kilometers away for the family, he is the best placed to address the persisting water scarcity issue with finality amongst other issues such as unemployment, bad infrastructure and poorly stocked hospitals as outlined in his manifesto.
“As I have outlined in my manifesto and explained to Machakos County residents from Kalama to Mavoko to Mwala to Yatta and Muthesya, my Government will have people of Machakos County as the priority and county funds and resources will only be deployed to the most deserving of priority areas where the greatest number possible/attainable of Machakos County residents will Benefit instead of selfish ventures of greedy County officials to make maximum kickbacks at the expense of service delivery for the people,” said Wakili Mbaluka.
Mbaluka thanked Machakos County residents for embracing his message saying that all he is seeking the Governor seat to serve them better and create employment opportunities for disadvantaged Machakos youth, fresh graduates and people with disabilities within County structures and further to attract investors in our great County to open up factories, companies and godowns to employ our youth and to promote the welfare of people with disabilities as outlined in his manifesto. He also promised to ensure equity in the allocation of resources in all Machakos subcounties.
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