Here are the top 4 Kenyan Senators who want to be Governors

Here is a look of the top 4 senators who have projected themselves in a different strategic shift to gain more powers and assume the position of county boss.

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko. A number of Senators who were elected in 2013 have now firmly set their eyes on a different and more powerful role - that of the Governor.

4. Kiraitu Muriungi (Senator-Meru)

The Meru Senator has firmly set his eyes on the gubernatorial seat and ascend to the title of Meru kingpin come August.

He will face off with his former ally now turned bitter foe, the incumbent Peter Munya.

In the 2013 General Election, both politicians ran on the Alliance Party of Kenya (APK) ticket. Commonly referred by Kiraitu as “the bus”, the party propelled him and Munya into winning the Senate and governor’s seats respectively.

However this time round, Kiraitu will be vying on a Jubilee Party ticket, the party which he was co-chair of a steering committee which played a crucial role in its eventual formation.

3. Boni “The Bull Fighter Khalwale” (Senator Kakamega)

The declaration by perhaps the most vocal politician in the country that he will vie for the top post in Kakamega has stirred up a bitter sibling rival within the opposition Cord coalition since the incumbent Wycliffe Oparanya is the ODM Deputy Party Leader.

In 2012, he comfortably contested and won the Kakamega Senatorial seat on a UDF Party ticket garnering 248,888 votes seeing off a lesser challenge from the wealthy and flamboyant Lugari politician Cyrus Jirongo who got 145,736 votes.

However in 2017, the bullfighter is firmly in Moses Wetang’ulas Ford Kenya party which he will contest the August elections on.

2. Hassan Omar (Senator Mombasa)

The former commissioner of Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and current Wiper Secretary General has vowed to unseat the current vibrant Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.

The rivalry is another chapter of a series of internal Cord duels – this time pitting ODM against Wiper Party.

Joho is the Deputy Party Leader of ODM. The two have clashed severally with Omar questioning the governance of Joho in the Coastal city.

1. Mike Sonko (Senator Nairobi)

Perhaps the most significant and eagerly anticipated battle outside of the Presidency come August is the Nairobi Gubernatorial contest.

Influential and firebrand Senator Mike Sonko is determined to be the next governor of the capital as he aims to unseat incumbent Evans Kidero.

While Kidero’s nomination ticket seems to be safely in his pocket, Sonko has a tougher path as he has to fend off a host of other contenders including Peter Kenneth, Johnson Sakaja, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru and Dennis Waweru.

A Centre for African Progress survey drawn from Nairobi’s 17 constituencies last year put Sonko ahead of Kidero in the race for the top job in Nairobi.

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