Gubernatorial Candidates who are incumbent Senators will have to show and demonstrate how their experience translates to governance.
According to a survey done by the Consortium of Researchers on Governance Africa (CoRG) on the oversight of the Senators who are vying for Governorship released on July 1, 2022, 25.5 Percent of voters consider the experience of the aspirants before voting.
In the study which was conducted in Kakamega, Murang’a, Kiambu, Vihiga, and Makueni where senators are going for the Governor’s seat, the citizens required that the aspirants’ Manifesto should resonate with their needs and consider addressing the issues that are affecting them.
“We conducted a public policy & governance survey between 20th to 28th June 2022 on the selected key parameters and approval of respective Incumbent Senators transitioning to Governors in Kakamega, Vihiga, Kiambu, Murang’a, and Makueni Counties. 25.5% of respondents will consider the candidate’s experience, 25.1% of voters prefer manifestoes that address their key issues 28.0 % will vote for the party/coalition candidates and 21.4% of respondents are influenced by campaign strategies / messaging, “stated Charles O. Mc’Olonde the director CoRG Africa.
The survey revealed that in Kakamega County, ODM’s Fernandez Barasa was preferred in terms of experience rather than Cleo Malala because they are not sure if he can translate what he did as a Senator if elected Governor.
Malala was only preferred by the way he sells his Manifesto to the people.
Barasa leads the general parameters of Manifesto, scorecard, coalition, and Campaign strategies making him be like elected at 43.6% followed by Malala at 39.2 % then jirongo at 6.2%.
In Makueni, Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior is likely to be elected with 45.9% as the citizens said he is in the best coalition, sells his manifesto well and they are confident of him delivering similarly to Kiambu County where Senator Kimani Wamatangi Leads with 28.5% followed closely by Nyoro at 25.2%.
Though in Kiambu County Wamatangi is leading the race is tight and it can be won by anyone.
Furthermore, in Murang’a County Wairagu Wa Mai leads at 28.1%, followed by Jamleck Kamau at 27.1% and Senator Irungu Kang’ata at 26.3%. This reveals that the race in Murang’a is very tight and too like Kiambu, anyone can win if they are strategic.