President Uhuru ministers train sights on county seats in 2022 poll
SEE ALSO :President Uhuru moves PSs, againLast month, Munya was endorsed for the seat by a number of leaders from the county, including Senator Mithika Linturi and East African Assembly legislator Mpuru Aburi who said they were now shifting their support from Kiraitu to the CS. “CSs like Kiunjuri, Balala and Wamalwa are actively involved in politics. Come back and rescue our people,” Aburi told Munya during a burial in Meru. But Balala, who is eyeing the Mombasa governorship, told Sunday Standard that he will declare his interest at the right time. “I will have a clear focus on politics in 2021, that is when I will know if I will still go for governor or even a bigger seat. I have experience in elective politics and in government,” Balala said. “I want to have the tourism numbers go up to three million before I leave office, then I will be proud and have the energy and impetus to take on another assignment given by the voters.” Other CSs said to be eyeing the gubernatorial seats in their home counties are Charles Keter (Energy), John Munyes (Mining), Simion Chelugui (Water and Sanitation), Ukur Yattani (Labour) and Wamalwa (Devolution). Munyes, Yattani and Chelugui ran and lost in 2017. Best foot forward Munyes will be seeking to succeed Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok who is doing his last term. The Mining CS lost to Nanok in 2017. Keter, who relinquished his senatorial position for a Cabinet position in 2014, is also putting his best foot forward. “We know he is interested and we will support him for the seat,” said Stanley Maritim, a former politician from Kericho. Contacted, Chelugui chose to keep his cards close to his chest, saying he is focussed on delivering water to Kenyans before he embarks on his ambitions. “As at now, my hands are tied as I seek to implement the president’s pledges by 2022. I will decide on the next course of action at an appropriate time,” he said. Speculation is rife that Sports CS Amina Mohammed could join the race for Kakamega. Amina’s supporters have launched a spirited campaign to popularise her on the ground. Also mentioned for possible stab at the governor seat is Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, who according to insiders, is not sure which county, between Nyamira and Kisii to go for. Some members of President Kenyatta’s first term Cabinet contested and won governor’s seats. They include Kirinyaga’s Anne Waiguru, Kajiado’s Joseph Ole Lenku, Kitui’s Charity Ngilu and Nyandarua’s Francis Kimemia. All the four were dropped from the Cabinet but found their way to the top county seats.
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