, KITUI, Kenya, Aug 7 – The gubernatorial contest in Kitui, NASA Co-Principal Kalonzo Musyoka’s home turf is among the toughest contests in Ukambani region.
The race has attracted Senator David Musila, Ex-Lands CS Charity Ngilu, and incumbent Governor Julius Malombe.
Predicting who will clinch the seat during the August polls is slightly tricky since none of these candidates is a push over as veteran politician Charit will be looking to be the first female governor on a NARC Party ticket.
In less than 24 hours to the General Election, residents of Kitui County woke up to distribution of leaflets indicating that Ngilu had bowed out of the race and shifted aligence to the incumbent Dr Malombe.
In a statement issued to the media through her secretariat, Ngilu dismissed the claims as rumors meant to tarnish her name insisting she is the ‘man’ of tomorrow’s match.
Kitui county has 474,512 registered voters and 1,454 polling stations with voter turn out expected to be higher than that of 2013 General Election.
Planning and distribution of voting materials was ongoing Monday as a security meeting was held at Mwingi Boys tallying centre according to area police chief Patrick Okeri and Mwingi West Returning Officer Jane Wasilwa.
The county has a population of 1,012,709 according to 2009, census and an area of 24,385.1 km².
Kitui County constitutes eight constituencies: Mwingi North, Mwingi West, Mwingi Central, Kitui West, Kitui Rural, Kitui Central, Mutito and Kitui South.