In Summary
  • Mr Lenku, a newcomer in politics, whitewashed former Kajiado County Council chairman Tarayia ole Kores.
  • Mr Kores has been sulking with his supporters vowing to reconsider their gubernatorial choice.

The emergence of former Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku as Jubilee Party’s nominee for the Kajiado governor’s seat has created new dynamics that are expected to shape the August 8 poll outcome in the county.

Mr Lenku, a newcomer in politics, whitewashed former Kajiado County Council chairman Tarayia ole Kores for the Jubilee gubernatorial ticket garnering 88,105 votes against 37,690 votes.

LENKU'S SUPPORTERS

The ticket now puts Mr Lenku at a pole position to do battle with Governor David Nkedianye of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), a well-entrenched political operative in the county.

Dr Nkedianye has retained his Deputy Paul Ntiati as running mate, while Mr Lenku chose Mr Martin Moosisho, 32, a former university student leader.

Mr Lenku outmanoeuvred experienced players such as Mr Kores and other gubernatorial hopefuls Daniel ole Nina aka Livondo and George King’ori.

It is not yet clear if the nomination losers are now fully behind Mr Lenku, but there is an advanced plan to incorporate them so as to ward off Dr Nkedianye’s overtures to them.

Yesterday, Mr Kingori said: “The Jubilee family has not healed from the nomination bruises. To win, everyone needs to be brought on board.

"Jubilee must move fast, otherwise, the overtures by the incumbent can easily convert those aggrieved.”

POPULOUS CLAN
Of the four challengers, only Mr Moses Parantai has faded off quietly.

Mr Kores has been sulking with his supporters vowing to reconsider their gubernatorial choice.

Mr King’ori has vowed to run as an independent. Mr Nina had earlier decamped from Jubilee to PNU.

“The Jubilee family will be united against the outgoing governor. Inclusivity of those who participated in the primaries is paramount for our win.

"No one should feel like they lost. The bigger battle is ahead,” Mr Lenku told Nation yesterday, exuding confidence he will win. 

Dr Nkedianye hails from the Odomong’i clan while Mr Lenku is from the more populous Orokiteng’ clan.

Mr Ntiati comes from the same clan with Mr Lenku in Kajiado South while Mr Moosisho is from the Matapato section in Kajiado Central.

CLAN MATRIX
Although Dr Nkedianye and Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery hail from the Odomong’i clan, the CS has thrown his weight behind Mr Lenku.

Of late, Dr Nkedianye has come under fire from some sub-clans within the Odomong’i over accusations that he has “over-rewarded” his Ilmokesen sub-clan on employment and other county goodies.

“Both candidates have sought to consolidate specific clan interests in Kajiado before venturing out to seek other votes,” Kajiado Senator Peter Mositet says.

Mr Mositet avers that although the clan matrix will largely influence how the community votes, other factors such as the populous immigrant populations will matter.

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