, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – As the country gears up towards 2017 General Election, which is just 8 months away, aspirants have already started pitching tents in their respective regions, hoping to dislodge the incumbents.
In Embu County, Leonard Muriuki is the new entrant eyeing the gubernatorial seat on a Jubilee Party ticket.
Muriuki is set to face off with the current Governor Martin Wambora and a number of seasoned politicians in the County.
“As a youthful person, I want to inject fresh thinking in Embu politics. We have suffered under development due to divisive politics by leaders who are there. As young people, we must make the right choice of where we want to be,” Muriuki says.
He is the seventh candidate to join the race for in a bid to replace incumbent Governor Martin Wambora.
If elected, he says his primary agenda will be to improve the agricultural sector which is the major economic venture in the area and to attract investment through improved infrastructure.
Muriuki has also committed to address basic problems facing the electorate especially proper use of devolved funds.
He has however called for a level playing field for all contenders to ensure party nominations are above board.
“I will certainly vie on a Jubilee Party ticket. We are certain that the party primaries will be free and fair as assured by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. I am confident of being the choice of the great people of Embu County,” he asserted.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy have since invited the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to carry out the nomination exercise, in a bid to ensure the process is above board.
Others who have shown interest in the gubernatorial seat includes Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti, Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire, former Transport PS Cyrus Njiru, World Bank Consultant Kithinji Kiragu, and Psychiatrist Peter Kumantha.
Mbarire and Kivuti have in the past been involved in ugly public scenes over interests to vie for the top county seat.
“My agenda is to bring on board progressive politics which is not partisan,” the youthful aspirant said.
Already the country is witnessing serious political realignments as aspirants seek to impress the voters.