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Why Senator Susan Kihika has No Competition for Nakuru Governor in 2022

Outgoing Nakuru Governor is leaning in the direction of ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga but is not even guaranteed the paltry votes the ODM Senatorial Candidate got in 2017 running against Senator Susan Kihika.

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Former Senate Majority Whip and Nakuru Senator Hon Senator Susan Wakahura Kihika, the Top Contender for Nakuru Governor in 2022

There has never been a more qualified Gubernatorial Candidate in the history of devolution in Kenya than Senator Susan Kihika. Since the inauguration of devolution in 2013, she has had the benefit of taking a front seat in overseeing the evolution of devolution at every turn, first as the inaugural Speaker of a County Assembly and then as a Majority Whip. In both instance, Senator Susan Kihika was instrumental in midwifing crucial milestones for devolution both in the transition from local Government to devolved units at the County Assembly and protecting the gains made in devolution at the Senate.

Senator Susan Kihika is also one of the few Nakuru County leaders who know what ails the county and how to go about fixing it. Having oversighted the two County Executive Administrations both as the Speaker and Senator, she has seen all the pitfalls the others have fallen into and she is the best-placed to how to navigate around them to serve and deliver for Nakuru Residents in a better way if elected Governor.  Senator Kihika can promise to hit the road running if elected Governor because she not only knows what it takes but also where the shoe is pinching Nakuru Residents and how to adjust and recalibrate to unlock the gains of devolution and ease the pain of the people.

A solid professional and a qualified lawyer admitted to Texas Bar to practice law almost two decades ago, Hon Susan Kihika made her bones cracking down drag traffickers and tough criminals as the Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County from 2006 to 2010. She then launched her international and successful eponymous law firm in the State of Texas from where she left to join Nakuru County Assembly in 2013 with the advent of devolution as the Speaker after beating 7 opponents to clinch the post.

But it is her election as the Senator of Nakuru County in 2017 that confirmed her as one of the most popular politician in county and the country. Senator Kihika garnered 90% of the votes cast and beat her closest rival with more than 11 times the votes cast in the ballot. This was expected as even at the party primaries stage, Senator Kihika had been head over shoulders above every other candidate in Nakuru County by more than 50,000 votes and 6 times the votes of her closest rival. The outgoing Nakuru governor struggled to win at nomination stage and lost more than 110,000 votes to his opponents in the main election.

Going into 2022, Senator Kihika has the advantage of having inherited much of the defunct Jubilee Party voters in Nakuru who have since moved to UDA as a block. And with the Outgoing Governor appearing to lean in the direction of ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga, it means he can best count only on the paltry  votes the ODM Senatorial Candidate who was running against Senator Susan Kihika got in 2017. This is well confirmed by the humiliating loss of mere MCA seats in the heart of Nakuru County that the incumbent Governor and the ruling party have had to endure in the hands of UDA Party and affiliates in recent days.

In fact, many Nakuru Residents and political pundits have been quick to wonder if the incumbent Governor cannot get enough MCA votes for candidates running against less popular candidates in a by-election even with the benefit of state machinery, how shall he fair against the earth shattering political thrust of Senator Susan Kihiha when the rubber finally meets the road and she has the 2022 election wave in her sail and the full weight of Deputy President William Ruto presidential campaign machinery behind her.

Many analysts have predicted that the hopeless reality of the dwindling political fortunes of the Outgoing Governor as against Senator Susan Kihika likely explains why he seems to be focused on National Politics than in drumming support for his re-election bid, which to many is a lost cause. The efforts to unite Jubilee and ODM having failed to excite many in Nakuru and across the region and the County Residents appears poised to send yet another Governor parking after one terms and usher their third and first female Governor, Senator Susan Kihika.

The burden of incumbency also weighs heavily on the Outgoing Nakuru Governor as do the many brazen scandals of his Adminstration in the last 5 years. Not so Senator Kihika who has performed excellently as Senator of the county and enjoys runaway goodwill. Far less illustrious Senators having trounced Governor, as many as six (6) in 2017, it will be a walkover for Senator Kihika. More than half of the inaugural Governors lost their seats in 2017 and there is little doubt Senator Kihika is about to add to both the number of incumbent Governors lost their gubernatorial seat after one term and Governors who were beaten by a Senator.

As one of the most articulate legislators in Kenya and among the few multijurisdictional lawyers in East Africa and having the advantage of national and international recognition as a woman leader and a Parliamentarian and a global perspective from her exposure in the diaspora, not only will Nakuru Residents be better off to have her as their next Governor but also Rift Valley will have found the best candidate to fill the gap left by Hon Joyce Laboso. The only people who are afraid of what is coming are the outgoing Nakuru Governor, the County Cartels and the few apologists of the status quo who know it will not be business as usual when the iron lady of the rift, Senator Susan Wakahura Kihika, takes over as Governor in August 2022.

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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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