The Gubernatorial bid of Nairobi-based Millionaire Businessman Hon Zack Baraza has taken Bungoma County by storm. Those who had assumed it will be a repeat two-horse race between Speaker Kenneth Lusaka and incumbent Governor Wycliffe Wangamati are now quick to admit the Hon Zack Baraza has completely changed the political landscape and firmly installed himself as the top contender and the man to beat for Bungoma Governor next year. Nothing short of a miracle can help any attempt to catch up with Zack Baraza as the man appears poised to cruise his way to victory and takeover as the 3rd Governor of Bungoma with very little resistance in 2022.
Zack Baraza has won the hearts of Bungoma people mainly with his decisive no-nonsense hands-on Magufuli style leadership. His generosity and being easily accessible and always there whenever the County Residents need help and Governor Wangamati is nowhere to be seen and Speaker Lusaka is not reachable has also won him many followers. Zack has also done dozens of projects in public interest across Bungoma mostly in answer to distress calls of Residents who feel abandoned or let down by the County Administration. He has also been at hand to bail out any Bungoma Resident who reaches out to him and at last the County Residents feel they have a Governor they can identify with and who takes their needs and concerns seriously.
Bungoma County Residents have also been won over by the innovativeness and industry of Zack Baraza for whom nothing seems impossible and is always answering the problems facing the people with out of the box solutions. For instance, when small scale traders in Bungoma including thousands of Mama Mbogas who usually sell their produce in the late evenings were hard-hit by the recent curfew imposed in Western Kenya, Zack Baraza quickly came up with INUA MAMA INITIATIVE to extend financial support to the women and mothers who were adversely affected by the directive.
But the Inua Mama Initiative is not the first time Zack Baraza is offering financial support to bail out Bungoma Residents. A renown philanthropist, Zack Baraza has come through for many groups, families and individuals caught in emergencies. Zack has also helped many Bungoma families’ clear hospital bills and meet the funeral expenses of their loved ones on short notice. He has also given many bursaries and scholarships to hundreds of bright and needy Bungoma students both in secondary schools and tertiary colleges.
Recently, Zack Baraza was in the news for coming to the aid of Bungoma Bodaboda Operators who needed a bridge to shorten the distance and make one of the neglected Roads in Bungoma passable. He constructed the much-needed bridge which connects Khalaba and Bukembe West in Bungoma County. The Governor Candidate is also constructing several impassable roads across the county saying he cannot wait till next year as people are suffering and he feels he must do something now as Governor Wangamati has failed them.
“Wangamati has failed to deliver for Bungoma Residents despite promising them heaven. Among all the projects Wangamati promised to implement, none is complete, he is a total let down and voters are disappointed with him. Wangamati has not completed his dual carriageway project which will cost the taxpayers a whooping Sh1.4 billion, the Kanduyi stadium is a quarter done while his other flagship projects are yet to take off,” laments Hon. Zack Baraza the concerns echoed by thousands of Bungoma residents.
It is safe to say that Hon Zack Baraza is giving Governor Wangamati and the crooks in Bungoma that have been taking the County Residents sleepless nights under the auspices of what he calls Bungoma Liberation Movement (BLM). He believes Bungoma people have been kept from enjoying fruits of devolution long enough by the incumbent Governor Wangamati and former Governor Speaker Lusaka and he wants to change that state of affairs. According to Hon Zack Baraza, removing Wangamati who has failed Bungoma residents to replace him with Speaker Lusaka who had failed them before is futile.
“Insanity is trying the same thing and expecting different results. There is no difference between Governor Wangamati and Speaker Lusaka except one failed and disappointed Bungoma people as Governor from 2013 to 2017 while the other is doing the same as we speak. Just as the price of Bungoma wheelbarrows set a world record in the dispensation of Governor Lusaka, we have seen the cost of small tanks blown out of proportion under Governor Wangamati as if to mock the residents,” said Hon Zack Baraza.
A graduate of Multimedia University of Kenya, Hon Zack Baraza is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nairobi-based Siuma Auctioners , Kenya’s leading Auctioneering firm whose client list includes the country’s leading banks and corporates, and Siuma Group. Recently, his elite Auctioneering firm was retained to evict the Personal Secretary to the President of Kenya over rent areas running into millions. Many Bungoma Residents we talked to are confident that as a Millionaire Businessman, Hon Zack Baraza is not in the Gubernatorial race for the money but to help liberate them and their County from the hands of crooked politicians holding it hostage and so they cannot wait for 2022!
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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