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Why Hon Joshua Irungu is Set for Comeback as Laikipia Governor

It is safe to say Hon Joshua Irungu is just binding time and consolidating his base in readiness to take back Laikipia Governorship from the incumbent in 2022 and appears set for victory.



First Laikipia Governor and the Leading Contender for the Seat in 2022 Hon Joshua Wakahora Irungu

There is one thing that is beyond debate about Hon Joshua Wakahora Irungu, the 1st Governor and likely the next Governor of Laikipia County, that is, the man is the very definition of a true hustler: a hardworking man who never gives up, a man who pulled himself from bottom of the society by the straps of his boots to the top and returned to help others make their climb in life, a man on unrelenting mission like his biblical namesake Joshua to transform Laikipia for Laikipians so that many others like him can have a fair shot in life, a man who animates the fear of the status quo and vested interests in Laikipia for having the rare luck of being loved by the people who know they can count on him to stand for them and with them when it matters.

But that is just half the story of Hon Joshua Irungu. One of the poorly kept secrets in Laikipia is that the man won his second term as Governor in 2017 but fell victim to machinations of the system bend on subverting the will of Laikipia Residents and impose their preferred candidate. The shenanigans began after Hon Joshua Irungu won the Jubilee primaries with a comfortable margin only for the party Appeals tribunal to issue a dubious order declaring his opponent the winner despite beating him by a margin of more than 10,000. Although the courts eventually ordered that Hon Joshua Irungu be issued with his nomination certificate, it was clear that his own party was against him and more was yet to come.

What was blatant and massive deployment of state machinery against Hon Joshua Irungu despite being the ruling party candidate. It soon became clear even his own party leader the President made no effort to hide the fact that he was routing for his opponent, an independent candidate. Soon, the state bought all the other candidates and turned them into campaigners of the Independent Candidate. The opponent took to using the Jubilee party colours and insignia despite loud protestations of Hon Joshua Irungu forcing IEBC to fine and order him to desist. Not that all deterred the determined Hon Joshua Irungu, he soldiered on but the worst was yet to come.

On the election day, as detailed by a Laikipia Resident who challenged Gubernatorial Election Results, “government agents who included Kenya Defence Force Officers, General Service Unit Officers, Police officers and Kenya Police Reserve Officers, forcefully, unlawfully and violently moved members of the Pokot community by burning their houses, killing their animals and thereby prevented members of Pokot community from voting.” The Government agents were on a clear mission to stop Pokots in Laikipia from voting for Hon Joshua Irungu and came heavily armed and moved as a contingent from one polling station to the other in armored vehicles to stop the Pokot community from accessing the polling stations by beating them, threatening them, burning their houses and confiscating their national identity cards.

At total of 15 Polling Stations were targeted because Hon Joshua Irungu enjoyed overwhelming support amongst the Pokot community. Members of the community especially in Sosian Ward were disenfranchised by the systematic violence and intimidation of the government security forces, with more than 5,000 voters being denied their right to vote. The end result was that the results of election of the governor which showed Hon Joshua Irungu as having lost by the slimmest of margins of less than 2,000 votes were not a true reflection of the will of Laikipia people with the elections being marred by massive irregularities, malpractices, lack of transparency and accountability.

Across Laikipia County, there were discrepancies at all polling stations in the total votes casts for president, senator, member of national assembly, and women representative as compared with the votes for governor which has been inflated in favour of Hon Joshua Irungu’s opponent. For instance, while a total of 200,332 votes were cast for President, only 198,582 were cast for Governor even as Hon Joshua Irungu lost by about that same number that allegedly did not vote for Governor. In the end, many Laikipia residents were left feeling their preferred Governor had been robbed of his legitimate win but they opted to live to fight another day, in 2022.

Hence, Hon Joshua Irungu enters the 2022 election season with majority, if not all, Laikipia people on his side having spent the last 4 years regrouping and reasserting his position as the clear frontrunner. Many analysts anticipate a bloodbath akin to what he transpired in 2013 when the little known Hon Joshua Irungu prematurely ended the career of Hon Mwangi Kiunjuri as a Laikipia Politician by beating him with double the percentage of all his votes. It is not lost to anyone that Hon Joshua Irungu is counting on sweeping back to office with a massive landslide in August 2022. What remains to be seen is whether the incumbent Governor, who was already unpopular before complicating matters by trying to sell Raila to Laikipia Residents who would have none of it, will gather courage to challenge Hon Joshua Irungu and face a certain defeat in his hands.

Hon Joshua Irungu has given all his life to the service of Laikipia Residents from serving as a civil servant in charge of Agriculture and Livestock Development in Laikipia District to working under USAID as the in charge of the International Small Group and Tree planting programme (ISGTPP) and implementing numerous Community Development programmes in Laikipia County for more than 15 years. He holds a Master of Arts in Agriculture and Community Development from Egerton University and is one of the foremost community development specialists in Kenya. Currently, he is serving as Chairperson of Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB) and having recently visited UDA Party Headquarters to signal his new political home, it is safe to say Hon Joshua Irungu is just binding time and consolidating his base in readiness to take back what was stolen from him and the people of Laikipia, the Governorship of Laikipia County in 2022.

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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 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



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



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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