Top contenders in the race for Nakuru senator
Here are the aspirants who want to rise to the post of County Senator.
Koigi wa Wamwere
Wamwere is a former deputy for Subukia and a seasoned politician from the Nyayo era.
He lost to Senator Susan Kihika in the 2017 election and will be looking to clinch the seat this time around.
Koigi promised that county funds would be safe from corruption and underutilization once elected.
He is a former MP for Naivasha and is famous for Kenya’s liquor control law, also known as the Mututho laws.
In the 2017 polls, he unsuccessfully ran for governor of Nakuru as an independent candidate and lost to Governor Lee Kinyanjui.
Mututho is in competition with the Azimio la Umoja coalition and he believes that being a senator will allow him to fight for the resources necessary for the development of the county and to ensure their prudent use.
Tabitha Karanja Keroche
The Undertaker vies for the seat over a UDA party ticket. She received a lot of party support as an ally of DP William Ruto and would be a top senator prospect.
Tabitha stressed the need to enact laws that create a conducive and predictable business environment that will help revive the struggling economy.
She has a vision that the necessary frameworks will be put in place to ensure that even the smallest business thrives and contributes to the national income of Nakuru County.
Karanja is the former Chief Administrative Secretary for Trade and Industrialization.
He will be battling for Jubilee Party ticket nominations with two other aspiring senators from Nakuru.
Karanja says he is championing decentralization and vowing to vouch for greater allocation of resources to agriculture to help revive Nakuru County’s economy.
Gacohi is a former president of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), Nakuru branch.
He hopes to get the Jubilee ticket and will fight for the nomination in the party primaries.
Gacohi is counting on his manifesto to charm his way to the senatorial post. He says his plans for the county, which involve strengthening decentralization through the enactment of national revenue sharing laws, will empower the electorate.
Mwangi is an ardent member of the Jubilee party. He is a favorite among young people having held public meetings and rallies.
He says as a youngster he wants to be where the laws are made and he intends to work with other senators to ensure revenue sharing is based on population.
Weche is a well-known philanthropist. As part of a non-governmental organization, he ensured that thousands of children from needy families had access to education.
He was set to compete on a UDA ticket before moving on to the ANC party.
He says his goal will be to formulate policies to improve the livelihoods of the poor.
Other contenders who are all keen to win the Nakuru County seat are former civic leader Andrew Yatich and youth leader Daniel Kimani.