Thirty five days to the 9th August 2022 general election, the previously crowded race for Kiambu County’s next Woman Rep has narrowed down to three top contenders.
According to the latest confidential opinion poll, attributed to the National Intelligence Service and seen by The County, the contest now has renowned women and youth rights activist Gladys Chania of Jubilee, counsellor Anne Wamuratha of UDA and outgoing nominated MCA Mercy Nungari of Tujibebe Party as the frontrunners.
The survey places Chania in the lead of the trio polling at 30% while Wamuratha comes a close second at 28%. Nungari is third at 21%.
Gospel singer Loise Kim (Independent) is a distant 4th at 14% while Njeri Bakari of Chama Cha Kazi polls at a paltry 3%.
The rest of the candidates in the race as well as the undecided voters amounted to 3%.
The Kiambu Woman Rep race is a subject of close monitoring by power brokers and political pundits due to the strategic importance of the county largely considered the bedroom of Nairobi as the real estate boom shifts to the area courtesy of the congestion in the capital. Kiambu is also the home to the most powerful political family in the country, the Kenyattas which has given the nation the 1st and the 4th presidents as well as a bulk of the country’s most influential government mandarins.
In 2017, incumbent Gathoni Wa Muchomba made history after garnering a total of 915,992 votes becoming the only MP to receive such a high number of votes in the entire country. Wamuchomba has since left the contest for the seat and instead opted to vie for the Githunguri constituency MP seat.