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MP Tobiko beats Gvnr Lenku hands-down in county 2022 projection poll

MP Peris Tobiko
MP Peris Tobiko
In the poll conducted by the county's leading news outlet, MP Tobiko easily floored the incumbent as her popularity appears to rise ahead of the next general election.

MP Peris Tobiko could be your next governor if an election poll conducted by Kajiado News Update this week is a reflection of the people’s desire.

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The region’s news outlet created a poll on its social media platform on May 2 pitting Governor Joseph ole Lenku, MP Tobiko, former governor David Nkedianye, and politician Tarayia ole Kores.

The question posed was; “If the election of Kajiado county governor was to be held today, who can you vote for between the incumbent and the rest provided above?”

The poll was run on social media from Saturday, May 2 to 2 pm on Saturday, May 9.

612 is the number of people who polled

Out of the 612 people engaged on the digital platform, 46.6 per cent voted for Tobiko, while 38.4 per cent voted for Lenku (incumbent) as former governor Nkedianye managed 10.6 per cent.

Kores received 1.3 per cent of the votes as 1.6 per cent of the people who participated said they were undecided. Those who said they cannot vote were 1.5 per cent.

All the 612 people we interacted with were collected from across all the 5 sub-counties of Kajiado, which also represents all the constituencies.

BELOW: Former Governor David Nkedianye.

 

 

 

Tobiko took the lead from the first day of voting to the last day as a section of supporters in Lenku’s side complained that they could not access the poll.

We also noticed that most of the people in the rural Kajiado do not have smartphones which could enable them to vote on our portal.

Nevertheless, the 612 people we sampled is acceptable the world over by pollsters.

Supporters

The two top leaders in this poll come from different constituencies in the region with sizeable votes and have supporters in all the five constituencies.

One is a woman, who enjoys the support of urban majority youth and women in general, while the other is a man, who is still wielding power as he sits as the county governor.

Kajiado politics are unpredictable, and riding on this argument, anyone among those we lined up can become the next governor, depending on the political parties they will pick for the 2022 general election.

After his election, Lenku traversed the breadth and the width of the county in a bid to build bridges with those he had brushed the wrong way in the last election campaigns.

But while doing the same, which many people believed was the right thing, the governor, on the other hand, created new opponents by failing to accept criticism within his government.

Tobiko has not gone public about her quest of being the next governor, but in her past arguments and reactions to issues she felt were not being addressed by the governor, she only indicated that she can also go for the top seat in a bid to put the alleged ‘things’ right.

Interviews

Many people we interviewed believe she can make it as the next governor because of her down-to-earth approach to issues.

“She does not want gossipers but truthful people around her. She likes being told the truth, even if it hurts, and she can forgive those who have brushed her the wrong way,” says Sally Muindi of Masimba.

Tarayia-ole-Kores
Tarayia ole Kores

On the other hand, Muindi says, her MP is a “true fighter for her people”. “She is always with us in person to understand what we want from her leadership,” Muindi added.

Governor Lenku is described by many of his supporters as “soft-hearted” but that his shortcoming is that he will always seek a second opinion about everything.

Nkedianye, who is from Orange Democratic Party, pulled behind Tobiko and Lenku maybe because he went mute after losing the seat to the incumbent.

MP Tobiko’s Short Bio

Born November 1969 at Entepesi in Mashuuru, Kajiado District (at the time) to the family of Tobiko ole Paloshe with other14 siblings.

The MP started her early childhood education at Mashuuru Primary School and later in 1981 did her Certificate of Primary Education and scored 35 out of 36 points.

Tobiko later joined Moi Girls Isinya and did her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in 1985 and scored a Division I of 15 points (similar to a modern ‘A’ straight).

She later proceeded to Moi High School Kabarak for her ‘A’ levels and sat her exams in 1987 and scored 3 principles and 1 subsidiary.

Her marks gave her a direct ticket to join the University of Nairobi where she did her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. She graduated in 1992 with a 2nd Class Honors Upper Division.

Tobiko immediately proceeded for her Master of Arts in International Relations got Post Graduate Degree in 1997.

After university, Tobiko joined the Public Service Commission as District Officer (currently referred to assistant county commissioner).

After a stint as DO, she later joined NSSF as Benefits Officer and resigned in 2007 to join politics.

The legislator contested the Kajiado Central Constituency seat against the late (Rtd) General Nkaissery but lost it.

Thereafter, she joined Water Services Trust Fund as a director in 2010 and while at the same time served as the board director at the National Museums of Kenya.

Later on, Tobiko was appointed Chairperson at TANATHI Water Service Board in 2011 and later resigned in 2012 to contest for the newly created Kajiado East Constituency in 2013.

In that general election, she became the first Member of Parliament for Kajiado East and the first Maasai woman to be elected MP.

Tobiko was re-elected in the 2017 general election hence serving a 2nd term as Kajiado East Member of Parliament. She is married with 4 children.

“Politics has given me a chance to directly serve the community raise the educational standards, improve infrastructure, and better the living standards of constituents,” says Tobiko.

When she won the party primaries in 2013, Maasai elders held a ceremony to curse her and those who voted for her.

She was elected to represent Kajiado East, defeating her seven male rivals, making her the first female Maasai member of the National Assembly.

She was re-elected in 2017, defeating another woman, Mary Seneta for the Jubilee Party nomination.

Her priority has been education, focusing on building and upgrading schools and paying bursaries to keep girls in secondary education.

She has said that she believes the education of girls “is the one single factor that can change society.”

She plans to run against incumbent Joseph ole Lenku for governor of Kajiado County in 2022.

In January 2019, Tobiko was questioned by police, and her colleague Henry Kimiti arrested after they were accused of inciting violence in an address to retrenched workers at the Kibini factory in Sultan Hamid.

She said she would “not be intimidated by anyone in her fight for people’s rights.”

Tobiko is one of three women featured in the 2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation documentary When Women Rule, alongside Kyrgyzstan Chapeton MP Aida Kasymalieva and Bolivian mayor Soledad Chapeton.

She is also one of 200 renowned Kenyan women featured in the 2019 book, Pioneers & Transformers: The Journeys of Top Achieving Women in Kenya.

Lenku’s short Bio
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Governor Joseph Lenku 

Joseph Jama Ole Lenku was born on October 20, 1970and is serving as the second governor of Kajiado County after emerging triumphant in the August 8, 2017, General Elections.

Lenku was Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government from 2013 to 2014.

He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi, where he obtained his Masters of Business Administration in strategic management and Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing.

The politician has worked in different management positions for various hotels in Kenya and Tanzania.

On May 23, 2013, Lenku was appointed Secretary in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cabinet, surprisingly with no experience on security matters, becoming the only Maasai person appointed and the pioneering chief executive of the newly created ministry under Kenya’s new constitution.

During his first year in office, Lenku steered significant reforms in the security sector, including a robust crack-down on drug trafficking, reforms of the police force, and an increase in its budget and devolution of security.

In the wake of the terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall in September 2013, Lenku spearheaded the rolling out of a new security framework known as “Nyumba Kumi” anchored on the larger concept of community policing.

Lenku’s appointment came as Kenya was transitioning to a new constitutional dispensation as well as a devolved government. His tenure as Cabinet Secretary has also been met with increased acts of terrorism culminating in the Westgate Mall attack, which left 69 dead and scores of people injured.

On June 17, 2014, Lenku dismissed calls for his resignation by the opposition and civil society led by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

Joseph ole Lenlu
Joseph ole Lenku.

On June 25, 2014, Member of Parliament for Kisumu Central Ken Obura, a member of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), gave a notice of the motion to impeach Lenku, who fought back as the motion collapsed when the opposition quickly retreated.

Following repeated Al-Shabaab attacks in Kenya amongst other security lapses, Lenku was dropped from his post on December 2, 2014, with Kenyatta nominating Joseph ole Nkaissery to replace him.

In August of 2017, Joseph ole Lenku was inaugurated as the second Governor of Kajiado County.

 

 

 

 

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