The Star (Nairobi)

7 December 2012

Kenya: Former CBK Boss Enters Machakos Governor Race

Former CBK deputy governor Dr Nzioki Kibua who is vying for Machakos governor seat on DP ticket during the party's aspirants meeting in Machakos on Monday Photo Wambua Kavila

A former Central Bank of Kenya deputy governor Dr Nzioki Kibua has joined the Machakos governor race. He will contest the seat on a DP ticket on a platform of economic empowerment and poverty alleviation.

Kibua, a consultant and a part time uinversity lecturer, is also co-founder of the Machakos County Development Forum.

He will battle it out with former Government Spokesman Dr Alfred Mutua, Youth Affairs assistant minister Wavinya Ndeti and former Water minister Mutua Katuku.

Others are former intelligence officer Jimmy Mumina, engineer Titus Ndundu, ex-chief executive of the Export Promotion Zone Authority Dr Mutule Kilonzo and Tony Wambua.

Mutua and Ndeti have already gone round the county seeking votes with the former opening 23 offices in the county to register Wiper party members. Ndeti is contesting on a Chama Cha Uzalendo party ticket.

Kibua has been articulating his vision through MCDF and other similar forums of leaders as opposed to Mutua and Katuku who have opted for public rallies.

Kangundo MP Johnson Muthama and university scholar Boniface Kabaka are the only two hopefuls for the senator seat.

Muthama is currently swimming in glory having taken credit with Education minister Mutula Kilonzo for hammering out a coalition agreement between Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka's Wiper party and Prime Minister Raila Odinga's ODM. The two and other parties are operating under the Coalition of Reforms and Democracy umbrella.

Kabaka, who unsuccessfully contested the Masinga parliamentary seat in the 2007 general election, has been busy campaigning for the better part of this year.

The seat for women representative has boiled down to the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake county chairperson Mary Mbiu Mutinga and Machakos medical doctor Susan Musyoka.

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