10 politicians who ‘returned home’ ahead of general election
With the General Election just seven months away, there have significant political realignments as aspirants who previously went against the grain making about turns.
1. Peter Kenneth
After vying for the Presidency in 2013, the soft spoken aspirant remained in the background until this month when he expressed his interest in the Nairobi gubernatorial race instantly startling fellow Jubilee aspirants.
2. Onyango Oloo
The Ex-TNA Secretary General decamped to ODM on Wednesday after what he termed as tribalism in the new Jubilee Party structure. Immediately after announcing his move Mr Oloo joined Cord leader, Raila Odinga, a voter mobilisation campaign in Kisumu’s Jomo Kenyatta grounds.
3. Martha Karua
After losing in the 2013 elections, the Narc-Kenya party leader is now eying Kirinyaga governorship and has in the past stated that she is backing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s bid.
4. Suleiman Shahbal
The Mombasa businessman, who lost to Governor Hassan Joho in 2013, has been in the news lately drumming up support for Jubilee Party in the region. He is on record for declaring that his party will win the August polls through whichever means possible.
5. Farah Maalim
The former Speaker of the national Assembly launched his renewed campaigns in Garissa Township to oust the incumbent Aden Duale in a major homecoming rally that was attended by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and ODM deputy party leader Hassan Joho.
6. Charity Ngilu
After losing her gubernatorial quest in 2013, Mrs Ngilu served as Cabinet Secretary in the Jubilee government until she was suspended by the President. Thereafter she retreated to Kitui County where she has been on a vote hunting mission.
7. George Nyanja
The former Limuru MP had in 2014 announced that he had quit politics but last year he started drumming up support for Jubilee in the region and is now eyeing Kiambu senatorial seat.
8. James Nyoro
After losing to Governor William Kabogo, Nyoro disappeared from the limelight while serving as the President’s advisor but last year he started making his comeback to seek the same elective seat.
9. Koigi wa Wamwere
The former Subukia legislator joined the recently formed Jubilee Party after losing in the 2007 and 2013 elections. He has been eying the Nakuru senatorial seat.
10. Ochilo Oyacko
The former Rongo MP has in the recent past told the media that he has all what it takes to lead Migori County. Having been the Chairman of the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board for years before his contract ended he is keen to make a political comeback.