A fierce contest is expected in Embu County ahead of Governor Martin Wambora’s exit after serving his second and final term.
Mizani Africa, a modern research firm conducted a Gubernatorial race survey in Embu County amongst the top contenders in the county. In the survey conducted to understand voter preference for those seeking to vie for the Governor's seat in Embu County, the research firm conducted an opinion survey between 2nd August and 23rd August 2021 across all its four constituencies.Embu county consists of Manyataa Constituency, Runyenjes Constituency, Mbeere South Constituency and Mbeere North Constituency.
The research firm applied and restricted itself to a demographic split of 48% women and 52% men based on how they show up during election day. Face to face based interviews were conducted unlike other telephone based surveys.
The polls show that former Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti, a member of Restore and Build Kenya is poised to emerge as the clear winner in 2022 Gubernatorial elections slated for August 9th 2022 with 40.9% support. He was elected in 2007 as MP for Siakago Constituency on Safina party thrashing current National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi who vied on a PNU ticket which was largely popular in Mt Kenya. He vied for the Embu Governor's seat in 2017 but lost to Governor Martin Wambora. The senator has a bachelor’s degree in Geometric Engineering from the University of Nairobi and a master’s degree in Geographical Information Sciences from City University London. Kivuti is known for his deep pockets, making it easy for him to bankroll a well-oiled campaign in the four-constituency county.
Kivuti is part of political leaders who have been championing political vehicles for Mt Kenya East ahead of the 2022 general election.Former Runyenjes legislator and nominated Member of Parliament Hon Cecily Mutitu Mbarire allied to DP Ruto came second with a popular support of 32.9%. Mbarire has been on record blaming the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition of hijacking the government’s agenda resulting in a mismanaged economy that had led to rising public debt and taking the government hostage through the BBI for the past four years.
Cecily Mbarire is an ardent Ruto supporter who is drumming support for the Deputy President's United Democratic Alliance (UDA), a party she will be seeking to vie in her bid to become Embu's first female Governor. She had been rubbishing Mt Kenya Leaders efforts to negotiate from outside UDA.
Others in the race include John Muchiri Nyaga who according to the survey will have 14% and Kithinji Kiragu with 7.7% support in the county. At a meeting at the DP Ruto’s residence on August 19, which brought together clergy and several MPs from Embu, the Manyatta MP, Hon Muchiri declared that they had agreed with Mbarire to support whoever will win the United Democratic Alliance party ticket at nomination stage.
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