On 15 July 2021, over 43,000 voters went to the polls in Kiambaa Constituency of Kiambu County to elect their new member of parliament. It had been seven weeks of campaigning that intensified during the final three weeks. The battle lines were drawn.
Though eight candidates had been cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), it would only be a race between two: John Njuguna Wanjiku of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and Jubilee’s Kariri Njama. If this had been 2020, the two candidates would have been on the same side; but after a lot of haggling, they are now on different sides of the political boxing ring.
Making of the contest
Back in 2017, Njama had vied against Koinange as an independent candidate securing more than 15,000 votes – not a mean feat for a candidate without a party in Kiambu County. However, the final tally in the mini-poll showed Njama
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