- Jubilee Party candidates also face opposition from friendly parties and independent candidates in 15 constituencies.
- Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru is in a bruising battle for the governor’s seat with the “Iron Lady” Martha Karua of Narc-Kenya which has backed President Kenyatta’s re-election.
- In Embu, Mr Munya’s PNU has fielded Kithinji Kiragu, Senator Lenny Kivuti is carrying the Maendeleo Chap Chap flag, Ms Karua has Leonard Muriuki all battling Governor Martin Wambora of Jubilee.
- The rivalry is also intense in Uasin Gishu where Jubilee’s Governor Jackson Mandago is facing businessman Zedekiah Bundotich
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party is facing rivalry from friendly parties and independent candidates, many who lost during the party’s disputed primaries.
The rivalry is so intense that it threatens to eat into the ruling party’s numbers in both the National Assembly and the Senate.
Despite spirited attempts by the Jubilee leadership to whip them into dropping out of the race and instead support the party’s nominees, the independent candidates have defiantly remained on course, demanding to be given equal recognition during President Kenyatta’s campaign rallies.
Classic cases of this sibling rivalry pitting Jubilee Party candidates against those running on the tickets of friendly parties or as independent candidates is most intense in the battle for the governor’s seat in Kirinyaga, Meru, Embu, Kiambu, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet and Mandera counties.
In the governor’s race, the party is facing such rivalry in 19 counties while in the race for the senatorial seat, the party is experiencing the rivalry in 12 counties.
Jubilee Party candidates also face opposition from friendly parties and independent candidates in 15 constituencies.
“These two ladies are my friends and if you elect one of them as a governor, I will give the other a government job,” said President Kenyatta in Kirinyaga County on June 29.
Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru is in a bruising battle for the governor’s seat with the “Iron Lady” Martha Karua of Narc-Kenya which has backed President Kenyatta’s re-election.
In Meru, Governor Peter Munya of PNU has vowed to vanquish Senator Kiraitu Murungi of Jubilee to political oblivion in a race that has been underpinned by the 2022 State House race.