- Updated on May 29, 2022, at 2.22 PM
The race to succeed Musa Wangila Makhapila as Member of the County Assembly (MCA) for Lugari Ward in the August 9 polls is taking shape after forces caused by party primaries and political decisions saw some candidates opt out.
Here is the list and profiles of the candidates whose bids remain.
1. Dennis Manyengo
He hails from Mufutu Village in Lugari Location and has been sitting on the Lugari Constituency CDF committee as a member. At age 33, this is going to be Denno’s first attempt not only in the County Assembly race but also in the history of his political career.
Little is known about his academic record although he claims he graduated from a university in Kenya.
Mr. Manyengo recently won the United Democratic Alliance Party (UDA) ticket for Lugari Ward. He, therefore, supports DP William Ruto’s Husler Movement.
A diehard of Chelsea FC, Denno sponsored a youth football tournament in Mufutu dubbed the ‘Dennis Manyengo Super Cup’ in December 2021.
2. Daniel Imbwaga
He comes from Kiwanja Ndege Village in Lugari Location. According to his Facebook profile, he studied architecture at Kenyatta University and is 27-years-old. This is his first attempt at politics.
He launched his bid at his home in Kiwanja Ndege Village, Lugari Sub-location, in December 2021 but hasn’t revealed which party he will be vying with.
3. William Makhalanya
William Makhalanya Libombolo comes from Lunyito Village in Lugari Location. He is a businessman and a former employee of Nairobi City County.
The 58-year-old politician, who claims he has a diploma in mechanical engineering from an institution in Nairobi, will be contesting for the very first time in his political career.
Mr. Makhalanya hasn’t revealed the ticket of the party he will be contesting with.
4. Grey Moi
Grey Moi Amutete will be making the second attempt at the coveted seat after losing to Makhapila in 2017. He was recently awarded the UDP ticket.
5. Kelvin Andeta (Nana)
Youthful Kevin Andeta, alias Nana, will be vying as an independent candidate and he has already paid registration fees to the registrar of parties after he failed to clinch the Jubilee Party ticket. The party did not unveil its flag bearer in the ward.
6. Violet Ananda
Violet Ananda is campaigning under the Azimio la Umoja movement, and she will be flying the ODM flag in the ward.
7. John Mukulo
John is another youth eager to lead the ward. He made his bid public at a church in Lugari Location and will be contesting as an independent candidate.
8. Erick Matsanza Ingatt
The controversial activist from Marakusi made his debut in Lugari politics in the 2017 general elections, in which he lost. Erick, a former supporter of Azimio la Umoja presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga, has switched sides and is now a vocal supporter of Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential candidate DP William Ruto.
Erick will be vying with the National Agenda Party of Kenya ticket.
9. Daniel Kikia
Daniel Kikia won the ANC party nominations in the ward, flooring the likes of Philemon Siahi. Little is known about this candidate.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.