Nyandarua Speaker Hon Ndegwa Wahome has worked hard to convince many of the County Residents that he is the right man to take over as the 3rd Governor. For his exemplary service to the Nyandarua People and the County Assembly as the first and only substantive Speaker for the last 9 years and leading the County Assemblies Forum (CAF) for two consecutive terms, Hon Ndengwa Wahome has earned the universal admiration in the county and across the country for his uncompromising integrity, visionary leadership and fearless stand in the defense of devolution.
Many Nyandarua Residents see Hon Ndwegwa Wahome as the best possible candidate to beat the incumbent Governor and take over as the next Governor in 2022. Due to his rising political star, Hon Ndegwa Wahome has endured incessant attacks for which he blames the incumbent Governor and other powerful forces hell bent on frustrating his soaring political fortunes as the favorite for next County Governor. He owes his reelection as Nyandarua Speaker as other county leaders were sent parking to his runaway popularity among residents and the County MCAs. On its part, the election by Kenya’s MCAs to represent them and articulate their issues as the National Chairperson went to confirm as a leader the speaker had achieved national notoriety.
As a person, Hon Ndegwa Wahome is known for his fearless courage even in the face of opposition to stand for what he believes. For instance, he was recently in the news after being reinstated by the Court as the County Speaker because his life was in danger. However, Hon Ndegwa Wahome was quick to say that he shall not be intimidated and that he will not compromise defending the larger interests of Nyandarua Residents and devolution for the sake of his personal safety. That is the determination to stand for what he believes is right despite the opposition that is the hallmark of Hon Ndegwa Wahome.
Hon Ndegwa Wahome has on numerous occasions called on the incumbent Governor to account for the management of public funds of Nyandarua County Residents. He is quick to give evidence of how the current administration is riddled with corruption and even is ready to name the specific projects that went to persons in power in Nyandarua. This is what has created conflict with the Governor who is trying to stop a motion of impeachment against him by purporting to oust the innocent Speaker. However, Hon Ndegwa Wahome, sustained his fighting spirit, has continued to remain get the impeachment reinstated twice by the court for want of numbers.
“Can the County Government of Nyandarua be disbanded? The Executive is dysfunctional and the Assembly is under Police Management. It is a Police Operation Zone. Sadly, billions of taxpayers’ money is benefitting a clique of less than 100 Strangers. Governor Kimemia has closed the Nyandarua County Assembly and assumed the role of oversight and all,” said Hon Ndegwa Wahome recently adding that devolution was dead in Nyandarua and looting was the order of the day.
This is why many Residents have pegged their hopes on Hon Ndegwa Wahome to rescue Nyandarua County, drain the swamp and guarantee they can taste the fruits of devolution in this next decade. He is clear that he is in it to protect devolution from those who want to destroy it. He adds that he is not in the county not for money, but to transform people’s lives. “As the Speaker of the County Assembly of Nyandarua, I am not on the payroll, I have been removed. But some of us are not in these county governments to earn, we are there to transform people’s lives,” he said.
On his gubernatorial bid, Hon Ndegwa Wahome notes: “I am in the race to be the third Governor of Nyandarua and God willing I believe I shall be the third Governor of Nyandarua come next year. I am fighting to protect devolution.” As the Nyandarua County Speaker he has overseen the construction of County Assembly Chambers, County Assembly Office Complex and the Speaker’s Resident.
“If H.E. the President happens to be in Nyandarua soon, for the legislative arm, he can inspect and inaugurate the County Assembly Chambers, the County Assembly Office Complex and the Speakers Residence. For the Executive, all the developments are in an individual’s pockets. It is common sense that Government does not carry out developments in People’s pockets. Therefore, no inspection no inauguration,” said recently.
Hon Ndegwa Wahome is esteemed for his patriotic stances in defence of devolution that defy even his personal interests. Recently, Hon Ndegwa challenged the proposed Constitutional Bill to make it possible for MCAs to be appointed as CECs saying that can wait but the institutionalization of the Ward Development Fund either to be anchored by Statute of Constitutional Amendment cannot wait. He added that his consultations with MCAs had shown they are more interested in having their own fund like the CDF to serve wananchi even before positions are created for them.
That is Hon Ndegwa Wahome for you: Insisting on what on what is good for the electorate rather than leaders is his true definition. He puts people first, he believes leaders are bound to respect the will of the people and he is not available to compromise even when his personal interests are threatened by his adversaries to force his hand. That is unwavering stand has made him the target of police harassment orchestrated by his adversaries but has also won him the support and admiration of Nyandarua County residents who want a County Government that puts them first.
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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