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Why Trouncing Kitui South MP Hon Rachael Nyamai is No Easy Task in 2022

Question: Why do Kitui South People defy political waves to vote Hon Rachael Kaki Nyamai even as she goes against the grain? Answer: Hon Rachel Nyamai appears to know what her Kitui South people need and is always committed to go to the end of the earth to get it for them.

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Chair of National Assembly Lands Committee and Two-Term Kitui South MP Hon Rachael Kaki Nyamai, famous for defying the odds.

Kitui South MP Hon Dr. Rachael Kaki Nyamai is truly the Iron Lady of Eastern Kenya: She has defied all the odd and withered every storm since she ventured into politics in 2013 and looks like she is just getting started and not ready to take any prisoners in 2022. With both Governor Ngilu and Kalonzo jostling for the attention of President Uhuru Kenyatta whom Hon Rachel Nyamai supported as they opposed him in 2017, she finds herself in the enviable position playing the host as the two court Jubilee. It will be interesting to see how the candidates of Ngilu’s NARC and Kalonzo’s Wiper will fair against Hon Rachael Nyamai in 2022 if they end up in same camp when she has been beating them while at loggerheads with their leaders.

For instance, in 2013, Hon Rachel Kaki ruined the party for Wiper by emerging the only Non-Wiper MP elected in the entire Kitui County on NARC Party ticket. In fact, even the NARC Party Leader Charity Ngilu lost her senatorial bid to Wiper as did the NARC Party Gubernatorial and Women Representative Candidates. But Hon Rachel Kaki Nyamai, despite being a newcomer, defied the Wiper/CORD wave and stormed to office with more than 50% of the votes cast in Kitui South and put a gap of 5,226 votes between her and the nearest rival (a Wiper Candidate) who went on to retire from politics rather than face her wrath again.

In 2017, even as NASA scooped 80% of the presidential votes in Kitui South and Kitui County, Hon Rachel Kaki again switched parties to Jubilee but still went on to beat a new Wiper Candidate in his party’s stronghold with another huge margin and even got 24% more votes than in 2013. At the same time, Hon Nyamai increased the gap between her and the nearest rival (again a Wiper Candidate) by 25% to 6,536 Votes. As the de facto Jubilee lynchpin in Kitui County, she also managed to win Jubilee Party an extra MP seat in Kitui East and the highest percentage of Jubilee Presidential votes in the entire Ukambani.

The question remain: What is special with Hon Racheal Kaki Nyamai that compels Kitui South People to defy political wave after wave to vote for her even when she goes against the grain?. The answer appears to be: Hon Rachel Kaki Nyamai knows what her Kitui South people need and is committed to go to the end of the earth to get it for them. For instance, it is her efforts in lobbying for the construction of the Kibwezi-Mutomo-Kitui road to open up Kitui South that saw Jubilee Government allocate money to the project. Similarly, as Chair of the National Health Committee, she pushed for construction and equipping of Ikutha Hospital among other health facilities in Kitui South to the admiration of many.

In this second term, Hon Rachael Kaki Nyamai’s track record of development is considered second to none in Kitui County and marked by prudent utilization of Kitui South NG-CDF and constant engagement of the residents to promote active public participation in the selection of urgent projects for implementation every financial year. She has also utilized her position as Chairperson of National Lands Committee to ramp up the titling of land in Kitui County and Kitui South in particular. She also remains one of the most active MPs in Kenya having sponsored half dozen bills and spoken on the floor of Parliament a record 1,310 times.

Hon Rachel Kaki Nyamai is in luck again as she is she gears to face another bunch of political novices with most of her 2017 opponents opting to cut their losses rather than face her for a beating. One has to wait to see how the new kids in the block will go about reversing the gains she has already made to catch up with her in the next 11 months in the run up to the next election. Wiper and NARC seem unable to find any serious candidates willing to take the risk of running against Hon Rachael Nyamai in her bid for third term. The new UDA Party too does not seem to agree on who will bite the bullet and run against her. No question, time is running out for anyone hoping to stand any chance against her in 2022.

As opined by one Kitui-based Political Analyst: “There is only one candidate to beat in Kitui South in 2022 and that is Dr. Rachael Kaki Nyamai. Her political future looks brighter than the noon sun. I venture her superior education, broad experience, impressive track record and solid support base will again sweep her to office for the third term barring a political earthquake. The fate of her opponents appear sealed by their crowded numbers (which will divide their votes) and the fact that Hon Rachel Kaki Nyamai was born and bred in Ikanga/Kyatune Ward and married in Mutomo/Kibwea ward. The two are the top and second most populous wards in Kitui South respectively and are known to reinforce her numbers.” Clearly, Hon Rachael Kaki Nyamai is the candidate to watch in Kitui South in 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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