By Allan Tawai.
Former Lands and Housing Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu is leaving nothing to chance in her spirited bid to win the Kitui gubernatorial race.
Mrs. Ngilu, who hit the campaign trail early last year after falling out with Jubilee leadership, has been criss-crossing the vast county addressing a series of charged rallies promising quick devolution results.
Having been the first woman presidential candidate in Kenya in the 1997 General Election, Mrs. Ngilu’s fortunes in national politics have since diminished but a win in the August 8 General Election will certainly give her a new lease of political life.
Mrs. Ngilu is keen to correct the political mistakes that saw her lose the senatorial contest in 2013 to Kitui Senator David Musila, and that explains why she embarked on early campaigns.
Until her loss to Mr. Musila, the former minister has in the past survived great political odds to serve as the Kitui Central MP for a record 20 uninterrupted years but another loss would further halt her career.
If Ngilu is elected Governor, it would be the highest political office she has ever occupied and will therefore get a chance to implement the socialist policies she has been advocating all through.
She knows that her candidacy must surmount a huge political test of dislodging the dominant Wiper party from Kitui politics by defeating the incumbent Julius Malombe and Mr. Musila, an independent candidate who is equally strong.
To overcome this, she has in a clever way joined hands with her long-time political rival leader Kalonzo Musyoka to jointly push for the Kamba community’s stake in national politics.
The Narc party leader also threw her weight behind the Opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Mr. Musyoka and has been campaigning with them outside Kitui County.
This has served to elevate her into the status of a “Nasa principal” and significantly stifled the political hostility she encountered from Wiper party in the 2013 elections.
Her involvement in NASA presidential campaigns in Kakamega, Nairobi, Makueni and Nakuru has also gagged Mr. Musyoka and his partners against antagonizing her Kitui gubernatorial bid because she is one of them anyway.
According to Dr Wathe Nzau, their expectation is that NASA leadership will reciprocate her support by allowing her to compete on equal footing with Wiper candidate Dr Malombe.
“We all belong to Nasa family and as a national figure Mrs. Ngilu has been active in presidential campaigns and even rooting for Mr. Musyoka to consolidate the Ukambani vote” Dr Nzau, a veterinary doctor, said.
He said that Mr. Musyoka should therefore let Kitui people decide freely the governor contest because a win for Mrs. Ngilu would be as good to NASA coalition as for Dr Malombe.