It’s now common knowledge that every prudent politician in Kenya is already living in 2022.
As the 2022 general elections draw nearer, politicians who will be eyeing various elective positions have started popularizing their bids.
We expect new blood to successfully delve into the political scene. Of course with much opposition from the incumbents.
Gubernatorial seats have always attracted enough attention in the last two general elections. 2022 will be no different.
We expect to see many seasoned politicians exiting, some due to term limits, and others kicked out for non-performance.
Many Senators are expected to give gubernatorial shots in 2022, especially those from Counties whose bosses are serving their second terms.
Ambitious legislators are working day and night to become the next Senators in 2022.
Murang’a County Pre-2022
With the exit of Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, a number of candidates are expected to declare their ambitions to be the next county boss in 2022.
Former Senator Kembi Gitura, who unsuccessfully defended his seat and lost to Irungu Kangata, is expected to give it a try in 2022.
Pundits, however, suggest that Kembi’s popularity has ever since declined in the county considered a hotbed of vibrant politics.
Kembi Gitura, who served as a deputy Senate Speaker between 2013 and 2017, was appointed a non-executive chairperson to Kenya Medical Supplies Authority.
The doorstep difference
Election campaigns can traditionally be divided into two different approaches.
We have the “ground war” of door-knocking and canvassing, and the “air war” of the political party waves which are beamed out just before the elections.
Both are important. Political Parties will of course greatly influence voters’ decisions.
However, local efforts can make all the difference in actually getting people out to vote for a particular candidate.
The latter does particularly well for candidates with ambitions of representing the people in the 47 County Assemblies.
However, there is also expected to be a tight race in all the wards in Murang’a County.
Samuel Mwangi Maina Aka Kifeeti, born and brought up in Mathioya, Gitugi Ward, vied during last general election and gained 3070 votes
Official IEBC records indicate that Kifeeti garnered 4,721 votes and lost narrowly to the incumbent MCA.
The man has over time managed to grow his popularity in Gitugi and beyond, coupled with his close working relations with the current Governor Mwangi Wa Iria.
The incumbent’s constant wars with the County administration and minimal development in the ward gives Kifeeti an upper hand come 2022.
Kifeeti has been on the frontline in pushing for government programs and projects such as lobbying for health facilities and other infrastructure projects.
Through his Kifeeti Foundation, he has also ventured in several youth empowerment programs.
In Kiru Ward, the incumbent, Morris Thuku has chances of a come back in 2022, although former Jubilee candidate Michael Githii Gakungu might pull a surprise.
In Kamacharia Ward, Gerard Wambugu is considered a man of people by many, increasing his chances of re-election in 2022.
As the political clock ticks towards 2022, its a matter of who will finally have managed to appeal to Wanjiku.
Meanwhile, Murang’a County remains a hotbed of serious political activity.