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Alex Kidake: The Game Changer Seeking to be Next Vihiga Governor

“All we need to transform Vihiga County is leadership that is committed to helping the people and managing the county systems to work for the people,” said Hon Alex Kidake.

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The Chief Executive Officer of Calex Holdings Group and Leading Vihiga Gubernatorial Aspirant Hon Alex Kidake Malova

The entry of Alex Kidake Malova into the Vihiga County Gubernatorial Race has completely changed the political math in the county with many entrenched politicians falling prey to his surging popularity among residents. As living testimony that it is still possible to rise from rags as an orphan to riches as a leading businessman in Nairobi, Hon Alex Kidake’s story has captured the imaginations and won over many Vihiga residents who are tired of business as usual political rhetoric and recycling politicians from one post to another. Many appear keen to try him being a new face in the hope that he will turn around the county and pull it from the hole into which the last two Governors have sunk it through mismanagement.

Indeed, one of the key selling points of Hon Alex Kidake besides his youthfulness is his managerial track record being a storied serial entrepreneur in the financial, properties and investment sectors where he has made his name in spite of his young age through prudent financial management and wise investments. Hon Alex Kidake is the Co-Founder and CEO of Calex Holdings Group, an outsourcing company in the financial services, and also owns Stara Microfinance, Scraj Properties and Kidake Wear among many other burgeoning and leading businesses based in Nairobi’s lucrative Lavington area.

However, in Vihiga County Hon Alex Kidake is better known for Kidake Foundation, his eponymous foundation, which has already undertaken numerous community projects in Vihiga including giving full scholarships to over 75 bright and needy Students and empowering women and youth groups. Following in the example of Jack Ma, Alex Kidake has also responded to the Covid-19 situation by donating over 100,000 re-usable masks to schools across Vihiga County to keep kids in school under the auspices of Kidake Foundation. Hon Alex Kidake Team is currently organizing a football tournament to help develop local talents in sports with the winning team taking Ksh. 1 Million and the other 3 teams sharing another Ksh. 1 Million donated by the aspirant.

Hon Alex Kidake Malova handing over the Kidake Foundation Trophy to Winners in a Past Event

Hon Alex Kidake has especially been quick to support education and invest in making it possible for others to access education and get an opportunity in life. This is close to his heart as he almost lost his chance in life for lack of money to pay his school fees having passed his KCSE well to join University but due to lack of school fees saw the chance slip through his hands. But the orphan from Munoywa Village did not give up, he came to the city, did menial jobs to raise small capital and started a small business which helped him pay his university fees even as he expanded the business.

Today, the graduate of Mt. Kenya University with Business Adminstration and Management Degree has by sheer hard work and industry not only pulled himself from poverty but he is now keen on bridging the gap for other youth and hardworking Vihiga Residents to get out of poverty and into better life. It is his view that the potential of the county to transform the lives of the residents is yet to be fully exploited due to lack of good and innovative leadership and he wants to change that for good by seizing the reins of power to make the difference.

“Our county of Vihiga is a virtual sleeping giant. I am convinced that, with the right leadership like the one I am committed to offer if elected Governor, we shall transform the county into a pinnacle of development, eradicate poverty that has lowered our dignity as a people and raise the standards of living of all residents. All we need to transform Vihiga County is leadership that is committed to helping the people and managing the county systems to work for the people,” said Hon Alex Kidake.

Hon Alex Kidake speaking to pupils in a primary school in Vihiga after donating re-usable masks to the schools

Hon Alex Kidake is promising a Vihiga County that caters for the basic needs of her Residents by helping them maximize the output of the county resources especially the rich agricultural soil and proximity to major urban centres and tourism attractions. He commits to address the needs of Vihiga people by making the County self-sufficient in matters health and food security to avoid reliance on Hospitals in Kisumu and Eldoret to save lives. He also undertakes to modernize all public facilities and infrastructure and utilize public money especially for bursary in an honest and transparent way that ensures that value for every Vihiga county penny.

Hon Alex Kidake is a committed family man and runs the family foundation jointly with his wife Carol Kidake. He believes part of the reason leaders are failing today is lack of strong values and morals and fear of God and wants to be the different one. He credits his success in business and in life to personal discipline and commitment to keep his word which he says are the hallmarks of his llifestyle. As a widely travelled man, Hon Alex Kidake asks Vihiga County residents to give him a chance to lead and show them what is possible and doable and there is no doubt his guneratorial bid has struck a chord with many Vihiga residents.

Several factors are working in favour of Hon Alex Kidake as he seeks to take over as Vihiga Governor. First, he enjoys near fanatical support amongst youth given his age. Second, he is the only outsider and all his competitors are viewed with contempt by Vihiga residents who are fed up with shenanigans of the current political class. In addition, as an ardent supporter of Musalia Mudavadadi’s presidential bid even as a FORD Kenya Member and a native of the massive Maragoli sub-tribe who enjoys increasing support among the Bunyores due to his philanthropy and development agenda, Hon Alex Kidake Malova is giving all the other Vihiga Governor aspirants including the incumbent sleepless nights.

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Why Wakili Oliver Kipchumba’s Senatorial Bid is Good News for Uasin Gichu

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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 Oliver Kipchumba with Deputy President William Ruto, the Chief Guest during his recent LL.M Graduation.

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Wakili Mbaluka Switch to Vie for Machakos Senator a Hailed as Sure Win

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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.

Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka when he joined UDA Presidential Candidate Dr. William Ruto at Masii in Mwala.

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Why Mbaluka is Preferred by 57% of Residents as Next Machakos Governor

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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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