Koigi rekindles rivalry with Kihika family
In 1979, Koigi defeated Kihika in Nakuru North and is now set to take on Kihika’s daughter for senator, 36 years later
Veteran politician Koigi Wamwere’s entry to the Nakuru senator race has rekindled his rivalry with Kihika Kimani’s family.
Koigi declared his candidature on Wednesday in Nakuru. He will face Kihika’s daughter for the Jubilee Party ticket.
In 1979, Koigi defeated Kihika in Nakuru North and is now set to take on Kihika’s daughter for senator, 36 years later.
The former detainee dissolved his Chama Cha Mwananchi party and joined Jubilee Party.
His interest in the Nakuru senator race is expected to change dynamics in the race, which has already attracted several aspirants.
In 1974, Koigi gave Kihika a run for his money but lost. Five years later, Koigi was at it again with Kihika, vying for the same seat and won.
However, Koigi’s tenure was cut short after he was detained and his rival Kihika won the by-election.
Koigi again lost to James Mungai in the March 4, 2013 general election. He is among politicians positioning themselves ahead of the election.
Koigi’s decision to join Jubilee has shocked many as he has been vocal in criticising the government and its policies.
In the realignments, several leaders, including Nakuru county assembly speaker Susan Kihika, Paul Mwithaga, lawyer and businessman Karanja Kabage are eyeing the Senate seat currently held by James Mungai.
“I will ensure more funds go into the county and follow them up to ensure they have been put into good use,” Koigi said.
Early this year, Kihika, nicknamed ‘Nakuru’s Iron Lady’, said she is ready to serve in any political seat the residents would ask her to contest.
“I have listened to all who have asked me to go for the Senate seat and I promise them I will not let them down. For the time being, I am contented with being speaker of the county assembly,” she said.
Kihika said she will ensure leaders deliver their pledges to the electorate and transform the county’s economy.
“The fact that I have received support from residents and leaders, including some MCAs and MPs, shows they believe I can make a difference in this county. But for now, it is important to continue delivering services,” she said.