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Why Hon Julius Mutukaa May Win Kitui Senator in 2022 and How to Do It

Hon Julius Mutukaa needs to capitalize on his ordinariness and package himself as the approachable, available and vulnerable Senator candidate. He can underscore the fact that he is the underdog of the race and insist he is in the race to make sure that ordinary people of Kitui have one of their own rather than elites as their Senator.

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Educationalist and Kitui Senatorial Aspirant Hon Julius Muinde Mutukaa

The Senatorial bid of Hon Julius Muinde Mutukaa has the potential to yield a major political upset in Kitui County in 2022 depending on how he capitalizes on the growing consciousness of the marginalization of the larger Mwingi in Kitui County scheme of things and puts his elaborate network built over the years as a teachers’ representative to good use in his political mobilization. So far, Mutukaa stands out as the most approachable of the two leading Senatorial candidates from Mwingi side and since the larger Kitui has multiple candidates who will likely end up splitting their votes as they did in 2017, he stands a very good chance of pulling a surprise win if he follows the political script of Musila in 2013.

Now, since we have answered the question “can Mutukaa win Kitui Senator” in the affirmative, we owe it to you to answer your next questions: why and how can Mutukaa win Kitui Senator in 2022. We begin with why. So far, the Kitui Senatorial Campaigns have largely been reduced to an elitist affair with the two leading candidates, the Incumbent Senator and a Senior lawyer erroneously assuming they are the “top and the only serious” candidates. Both have focused on winning the approval of the Kitui Elites as if the ordinary people of Kitui do not count. This “arrogant approach” has not only made the two candidates beyond the reach of many, it has left many Kitui Residents yearning for an “Ordinary Senator for Kitui People.”

This is the void Hon Julius Mutukaa can and should fill. He needs to capitalize on his ordinariness. He needs to take advantage of the fact that his competitors are inadvertently selling themselves as “larger than life” and in turn making many voters feel small and not worthy of their attention. He must package himself as the approachable, available and vulnerable Senator candidate. He ought to underscore the fact that he is the underdog of the race. He must act like the man who is in the race to make sure that ordinary people of Kitui have a Senator they can own rather than one who thinks he owns them. In a manner of speaking, Hon Julius Mutukaa needs to play the “Hustler” in the Kitui Senate Race.

Beyond branding, Hon Julius Mutukaa needs to take stock of what stands in his favour and frame the senatorial race on his own terms to guarantee his win. For starters, he must define the role of the Senator in a way that makes incumbency a burden for the current Senator by insisting that it is not enough for a Senator to just talk while doing nothing for the people, a good leader must do more to help the people. That way, he should challenge the so-called “top two candidates” to show what they have done for the community. Hon Julius Mutukaa must also make the distinction between “locally-based” leaders and ‘Nairobi-based” leaders a big deal, it will resonate with many voters.

But the make or break of Hon Julius Mutukaa senatorial bid is how he will succeed in convincing the larger Mwingi to vote for him to the last man. In 2017, Mwingi voted 134,450 Votes out of 176,645 registered voters. Hon Julius Mutukaa would do well to remind the people of larger Mwingi that Senate seat was their preserve which was lost in 2017 and they can get it back. He can add that since both Governor and Senator went to Kitui, Mwingi people have been suffering as there is no one to keep the Governor on his/her toes to deliver for their region. His aim should be to inherit Musila strongholds and replicate his Senatorial win in 2013 where he garnered 57.5% (156,690) votes.

The job is cut out for Hon Julius Mutukaa in the next four (4) months. He must invest in becoming the Mwingi Senatorial Candidate and edge out the Senior lawyer. This means aggressively traversing the larger Mwingi to convince the people to embrace him as their candidate and secure at least 150,000 votes out the 170,000 that shall be cast there in 2022. As a matter of fact, if there was a Senatorial Candidate from Mwingi in 2017, he would have beat the incumbent Senator as out of 350,351 votes cast for Senator, a total of 106,981 people did not vote for the current Senator but were wasted on Senatorial Candidates from larger Kitui. A senate candidate from Mwingi would have needed just 125,186 votes out of the 134,450 votes cast in Mwingi to win.

As Wiper popularity, which the Incumbent Senator rode on in 2017, is waning in Kitui, Hon Mutukaa should sell his ordinariness in the larger Kitui and find a way to encourage more Senatorial candidates from Kitui to vie as they have proven good at splitting Kitui votes. His main challenge remains convincing the larger Mwingi to accept him as their main candidate and give him the lion share of their votes. If he has to choose between riding any political wave or building his brand as a neutral candidate, he must choose to remain neutral as otherwise Kiio will ride on Wiper to eat his Mwingi numbers. Give and take, Hon Julius Mutakaa, the second runners up in Mwingi Central MP race in 2017, may be next Kitui Senator.

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Why Mbaluka is Next Machakos Senator: Kavindu Yet to Make Maiden Speech

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Today is 1st April, 2022, a total of 373 days since Agnes Kavindu Muthama was sworn as in as 3rd Machakos Senator on 23rd March 2021. But Senator Kavindu is yet to make her maiden speech in the Senate. Indeed, as of today, the last words that came from the mouth of Senator Kavindu from the floor of the Senate is “Help me God.”

This should serve as a lesson to Machakos residents who voted her thinking they are punishing Hon Johnstone Muthama. The count went from having a robust and firebrand Senator in the person of Late Dr. Boniface Kabaka to having a person who cannot speak English to save herself from thirst in the person of Kavindu (whose name aptly means impeding darkness).

In 131 Days, People of Machakos shall have an opportunity to vote for another Senator. They must not make the same mistake they did last time. Thankfully, Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka has graciously agreed to suspend his gubernatorial ambitions to vie for Senator to offer his people the oversight and representation they urgently need.

Machakos County have no choice but to elect Hon Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka to the last man come Tuesday 9th August 2022. Wakili Mbaluka has what it takes to square out with fellow counsel at the Senate. He has the academic papers, he is articulate, he has the integrity and he has the knowledge to deliver as Machakos Senator.

Wakili Mbaluka holds Masters in Public Finance Management, which is what Machakos County residents need to stop the kleptocracy that Machakos has come to be known for. People of Machakos, please don’t elect another illiterate or someone who has been part of what is wrong at Machakos County. Give Wakili Mbaluka a chance to deliver for you as Senator.

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Kitui West MP Contest Becomes a Two-Horse Race as Muasya Leads Incumbent

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The Leading Kitui West MP Candidate Hon Ben Muasya who is ahead of the incumbent and is tipped to topple her.

The Kitui West MP Race has come down to a Two-Horse Race between the incumbent Edith Nyenze and the Incoming MP Hon Ben Muasya who is the obvious choice of majority of the Constituents. The People of Kitui West appear to have had enough of the Nyenze and Wambua Dynasties especially now with Mrs Nyenze is MP with her brother as Kitui Senator. The People are determined to elect Hon Ben Muasya as the Kitui West MP for a breath of fresh air, new ideas and better representation.

Kitui West Constituents have mainly been endeared to Hon Ben Muasya by his innovative development approach which has seen him pioneer key empowerment projects including table banking and small business support projects across Kitui West. In doing this, Hon Ben Muasya has been leveraging his strong credentials as a Management Consultant of international standing and leading businessman in the country. His projects have so far benefitted thousands of Kitui West Residents directly with many more benefiting indirectly.

In turn, this has caught the eyes of many including UDA Presidential Candidate and Deputy President Dr. William Ruto who has not only hailed Hon Ben Muasya Projects as a case study of how leaders can implement his Bottom Up Economic Model at the Constituency level to transform the lives of their constituents. As a result, the first trip Dr. William Ruto made to Kitui County was to Hon Ben Muasya’s home to engage with beneficiaries of his empowerment projects as well as to undertake a fundraising in support of scaling up the project.

Indeed, the popularity of Hon Ben Muasya has not only made all the potential opponents he had for the UDA ticket to switch to support him or defect to another party, it is said to be giving the incumbent MP sleepless nights. Having done nothing tangible with her CDF since taking over after the By-Election, Mrs Nyenze is hard-pressed to explain to wananchi in Kitui West how Hon Ben Muasya could do more than her in so short a time without the benefit of the CDF kitty.

Four months to the election and as party nomination draw near a close, Kitui West Residents are getting ready for a showdown between Hon Ben Muasya, the popular favourite as the newcomer, and Hon Edith Nyenze, who is weighed down by the weight of incumbency and voter apathy due to her unimpressive development record. The difference between these two leaders is like day and night. No question much is in store for Kitui West Residents and the next four months are going to be epic for Kitui West.

It is clear that Hon Ben Muasya is ready to turn things upside down to ensure service delivery for Kitui West residents. On the other hand, Mrs Nyenze is busy fighting to maintain the status quo and trying to defend her dismal record. She has tried everything including blaming the Covid-19 pandemic for her poor performance but Kitui West residents have had enough. Majority of Kitui West Residents are waiting for 9th August 2022 to usher in Hon Ben Muasya as their next MP.

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Friends of Ruto (FORM Kenya) Condemns Violence Against DP in Kisumu

Walter Trenk, Secretary General of FORM KENYA and the UDA Senatorial Aspirant for Nairobi County has condemned the chaos unleashed by hired goons to disrupt Ruto meeting in Kondele, Kisumu county.

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Image of one of the Cars in Ruto Entourage which was stoned by Hired Goons in Kondele, Kisumu County

We at FORM KENYA ( Friends of Ruto Movement – Kenya) do hereby wish to condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the cowardly acts of hooliganism and violence witnessed today in Kisumu during the Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto’s tour of the Nyanza region. We call upon the police to move with speed and arrest the perpetrators of the primitive acts of violence.

Violence and political intolerance has no place in our politics in the twenty first century. Every politician should be allowed to sell their agenda to every part of the country unhindered and without fear of intimidation or violence.

A few weeks ago, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior, Dr. Fred Matiang’i led a group of government functionaries in what was claimed to be a meeting to plan on ensuring that Kenyans are given a free, fair and credible election. An opportunity has presented itself for them to demonstrate to Kenyans and the entire world that they are ready, able and Wiling to live up to this onerous task.

We expect arrests and arraignment of the criminals within the next twenty four hours, failure of which, we will be left with no option but to believe that the government security agencies were involved in the macabre acts and are incapable of providing security to the citizens.

Walter Trenk, Secretary General, FORM KENYA & UDA Senatorial Aspirant, Nairobi County.

 

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