Gubernatorial aspirant, Joseph ole Lenku, could be picking his running mate any time from now.
Inside sources from Lenku’s kitchen cabinet have hinted that the Jubilee aspirant may be picking a youthful running mate from Kajiado West ahead of the party nominations slated for early April.
His team has hinted to Kajiado News Update digital platform that the one to be picked is from the ‘Red Cow’ clan.
The decision to settle on one, William Saitoti Matura, was concluded this week after “many days” of negotiations between clan elders and handlers of the Narok South CDF manager and Lenku’s ‘Think-Tank’ team.
Matura hails from Ewuaso Oonkidong’i Ward in Kajiado West and is said to be a “great political negotiator”. He comes to Lenku’s team with a wealth of knowledge and negotiating skills.
Lenku was forced to settle on Matura after he was pressured upon to drop his idea of bringing Michael Semera on board.
Semera, the banker who was behind Governor David Nkedianye’s success in the last general election, could not have fitted the bill of running mate owing to his ‘Black Cow’ clan tag which he shares with Lenku.
Political analysts say Lenku’s pick on Matura gives him a head start advantage against his political rival in Jubilee, Tarayia ole Kores, in terms of amalgamating Kajiado West votes.
Kores, who is from the “Red Cow” clan, is also said to be looking at Kajiado West for a running mate who has to be from the Orok-Kiteng’ clan as the local leadership equation demands.
Moses Parantai, who is also in the race for Kajiado governor seat, was the first candidate to pick George Kong’ori as his running mate for purposes of bonding the local Maasai and the Kikuyu community.
Daniel Nina, the Kajiado South politician who gave Nkedianye a run for his money in 2013, has since thrown the towel in the ring and moved on to PNU after the race in JP side seemingly became unbearable.
After decamping to PNU Nina alias Livondo has become rare in public and people are now wondering whether he is still in the race or not.
Meanwhile, Kores has condemned those circulating rumours that he has backed down in support for Lenku.
“I condemn those peddling the lies that I have crossed over to Lenku’s side. We are on and our campaigns in all the urban centres and rural areas are alive. I am telling Lenku not to shy away after the heat in this race becomes unbearable because we can still contain him. Let him cross over to my side and I will accommodate him in my government,” said Kores.