The latest opinion poll in the upcoming Musumba ward by-election has shown that United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate Daniel Masika would beat Wiper Democratic Movement Kenya Aspirant Eshio Mwaiwa.
However, the UDA candidate would emerge the second, garnering 23% of the votes according to the poll that was conducted by Kambaland Media and shared on Facebook on Wednesday. Wiper's Mwaiwa would get 18% and the leading aspirant who would be running on an independent ticket Timothy Maneno would bag 58% of the votes. Nevertheless, 1% of the electorate remain undecided.
This comes as the battle of titans is set to occur as the Wiper, the party domiciled in Ukambani region courtesy of its leader Kalonzo Musyoka, and UDA, associated with deputy president Dr William Ruto in the minipoll.
Mwaiwa has been receiving support from One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals among them Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi, Kenya African National Union (KANU) chairman Gideon Moi and Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula, in form of campaigns. They recently launched campaigns for the candidate where all the principals, besides Kalonzo were present.
Former Machakos senator Johnston Muthama, Machakos Town Member of Parliament Victor and ex-Nairobi deputy governor Jonathan Mueke have been drumming up support for Daniel Masika.
The by-election which is slated for Thursday this week will, nontheless, prove whether the opinion poll holds water.
This comes after the incumbent Member of County Assembly (MCA) Harrison Ngui died in a road accident along Nairobi-Mombasa highway on July 16th 2021. Ngui was elected to Machakos County Assembly in 2017 general election.
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