NAIROBI POLITICS

Final round as Nairobi campaigns enter homestretch

Looking at the tribe factor, Kikuyu, Luhya, Luo, Kamba and Kisii are the major tribes in the city, holding sway on who is elected in the capital.

In Summary

•Nairobi has 17 sub-counties and 85 wards. As per the 2019 Population and Housing Census, Nairobi had 4,397,073 million residents.

• In the 2017 polls, ODM leader Raila Odinga garnered 828,826 votes while President Uhuru Kenyatta got 791,291 votes.

FROM RIGHT: Nairobi gubernatorial candidates Polycarp Igathe (Jubilee) and Johnson Sakaja (UDA) during their debate on Monday, July 12, 2022.
FROM RIGHT: Nairobi gubernatorial candidates Polycarp Igathe (Jubilee) and Johnson Sakaja (UDA) during their debate on Monday, July 12, 2022.
Image: Presidential Debates Team

As election campaigns enter the homestretch, political candidate from both Azimio La Umoja and Kenya Kwanza are using every single tactic to court Nairobi’s 2,251,929 registered voters.

From attending church services , door to door campaigns , this week every candidate will intensify their campaigns within their territory.

The Nairobi Governor’s race, which has attracted 9 candidates, has been narrowed down to a two horse race between the Kenya Kwanza Coalition and Azimio La Umoja.

Senator Johnson Sakaja of Kenya Kwanza and Azimio’s Polycarp Igathe are facing an epic battle as they seek to woo voters.

The tribal affiliations are a big factor in the Governor’s race which also influenced their choice of running mates.

Looking at the tribe factor, Kikuyu, Luhya, Luo, Kamba and Kisii are the major tribes in the city, holding a great influence on who is elected in the capital.

However, most of them are coalescing around Azimio coalition.

Sakaja, who is a Luhya, is hoping to convince his community to back his bid while also depending on other tribes in Kenya Kwanza to help his course.

His running mate Njoroge Muchiri is expected to bring in the business community votes which are mostly dominated by Kikuyu.

On the other hand, Igathe is banking on his ethnicity ( Kikuyu) to give him a majority over his rival.

His running mate Phillip Kaloki of Wiper is expected to add the Kamba vote to the equation.

Going down to the parliamentary seats, the battles has also narrowed between the Raila Odinga led Azimio coalition and Deputy President William Ruto Kenya Kwanza coalition

Some of the hotly contested seats include Embakasi West with 141,878 registered voters where the late David Mwenje’s son Mark Mwenje on a Jubilee ticket, will battle it out with UDA’s George Theuri who is seeking a third term.

Jubilee’s Maringo Hamza MCA Mark Ndung’u, UDA’s Anthony Waithaka ODM’s (incumbent) George Aladwa are seeking to court the 129,627 voters in Makadara with the aim of fortifying political support. 

In an attempt to court 145,649 voters, Lang'ata MP Nixon Korir is seeking to defend his seat under UDA ticket facing former Kiss FM presenter Felix Odiwour alias Jalang'o, who won the ODM primaries

Former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru is seeking to make a comeback in an attempt to defeat the incumbent John Kiarie as they battle to get a majority from the 114,930 registered voters

In the scramble to woo the 145,892 registered voters, Kayole North MCA Samuel Mwangi will face UDA’s incumbent Benjamin Mwangi in the parliamentary race of Embakasi Central

Jubilee Party gave the Starehe ticket to Amos Mwago who will face EALA MP Simon Mbugua with each aiming to get majority of votes from the 169,575 registered voters in the sub-county.

Businessman Francis Mureithi of UDA is also seeking to dislodge ODM's Babu Owino from the helm in Embakasi East which has 154,599 voters.

Nairobi has 17 sub-counties and 85 wards. As per the 2019 Population and Housing Census, Nairobi had 4,397,073 million residents.

In the 2017 polls, ODM leader Raila Odinga garnered 828,826 votes while President Uhuru Kenyatta got 791,291 votes.

Narrowing it down to sub-counties, Jubilee party bagged nine sub-counties, ODM got seven while Wiper Democratic Movement got one.

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