Kenya: Mt Kenya Women Throw Hats in Ring in Tight Race for Governors’ Positions

At least seven women in Mt Kenya region have declared their interest to run for governor in the 2022 General Election.

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, who dethroned Mr Joseph Ndathi in the 2017 elections, is the only female county boss in the region, and among the only two elected nationally.

Three women governors were elected in 2017 — Ms Waiguru, Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Joyce Laboso (Bomet). Ms Laboso died in 2019.

Those in the race for governor are MPs Purity Ngirichi, Faith “Mwangaza” Kawira, Cecily Mbarire, Susan Kihika, Sabina Chege and Narc-Kenya party leader Martha Karua.

The gubernatorial contest in Kirinyaga promises to be an epic duel. Ms Waiguru, who has declared her intention to defend her seat, will face off against Ms Karua and Mrs Ngirichi who is the woman representative.

Also in the race are Mr Ndathi, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho and deputy governor Peter Ndambiri.

In Meru County, Woman Rep Kawira is fighting to dislodge Mr Kiraitu Murungi, who ousted Mr Peter Munya in the last polls. Mr Munya, the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, is also in the race.

In neighbouring Embu, Ms Mbarire, a nominated MP, will battle it out with former Senator Lenny Kivuti for the seat.

Governor Nyaga Wambora is completing his two-term limit and is not eligible for re-election.

In Nakuru County, Ms Kihika, the senator, will be seeking to unseat Governor Lee Kinyanjui. Also expected to make a comeback is former governor Kinuthia Mbugua who is now the State House comptroller.