On 7th December 2016, Raymond Moi a KANU MP representing Rongai Constituency declared he would not only support President Uhuru’s re-election, but would support Susan Kihika’s Senatorial bid. The two had met at a burial of former chairman of Kikuyu Council of elders, Muthamaki Francis Gatari.
Hon. Moi is just one of Nakuru’s 11 MPs including Women Rep Mary Mbugua who have stood behind Kihika. The only exception has been Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri with Kuresoi South MP Zakayo Cheruiyot not showing his inclination.
Nakuru has the distinction of having 4 senators with one elected and 3 nominated senators. Apart from James Mungai who hasn’t shown his preference the other three have publicly declared their support for Susan Kihika.
The County CEO Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and his Deputy Joseph Rutto have also in more than one occasion shown support for her candidature. This almost led to some people claiming that Kihika had formed an alliance with Mbugua although Kihika set the record straight saying she is working with every aspirant without favourites.
Just this weekend, DG Rutto represented the Governor at Kihika’s prayer meeting and the following day on Sunday, County Secretary Joseph Motari rent the air with chants of “Kihika Tibiim,” showing where the executive’s support lay.
Of the 74 Nakuru County MCAs, only 2 or 3 are still in the opposing camps. According to their colleagues, its only due to their personal issues that they are not supporting Kihika.
Sitting leaders are not the only ones who have shown support for the iconic leader. Aspiring candidates in all seats in the county have been singing to her tune. This was most evident during the voter registration exercise when Kihika was moving round the county mobilising residents. Wherever she went, local leaders plus aspirants all declared their support in a rare show of agreement among political leaders.
The most vocal support has come from Gubernatorial aspirant John Mututho who doesn’t mince words in his support for her. Lee Kinyanjui, another leading governor aspirant has also supported her.
This support has been replicated down the ranks of aspirants and even those who had previously been opposed to her have not been left behind. Each one of them wants to be associated with her which just shows how her political stature has risen with time.
With everything remaining constant, Susan Kihika will be the second Nakuru County Senator with a landslide win. This is especially so with even her leading opponents Koigi Wamwere, Njenga Mungai and Karanja Kabage having at different times also admitted she is worthy of the seat at various gatherings.