FIRM AS THE MUGUMO TREE: MP Joseph Manje is a respected leader among his people
BY KAJIADO COUNTY NEWS
Nominated MCA Onesmus Ngogoyo is a creation of Kajiado North legislator Joseph Manje, with whom he has since parted ways.
The two have had frosty political relations after the emergence of the Tangatanga wing of the Jubilee party sometime last year.
Manje is still clinging on to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tailcoat and the Jubilee Party, which has fallen out with Deputy President William Ruto.
Ngogoyo, who has been representing the face of the youth in the vote-rich Kajiado North constituency, is a close ally of DP Ruto and a UDA marksman.
He will be contesting the seat in 2022 with his political mentor, father and role model.
But the question that is emerging out is: Will he cut the mugumo tree that is Manje?
While the UDA is said to be making inroads in Kajiado County, and especially Kajiado North constituency, it is not clear which party Manje will move to if Jubilee may not take part in 2022.
The MP is a respected leader among his people, and it will be interesting to see the “father and son” in politics meet at the ballot.
Ngogoyo, a fiery politician who has for almost a year given Governor Joseph ole Lenku a run for his money at the County Assembly, has attracted a big following among the youth.
The nominated MCA fell out with Lenku after he ganged up with other like-minded MCAs to tame the governor’s grip on the legislative arm of the county.
Ngogoyo campaigned for Lenku in the 2017 general election in Kajiado North and other sub-counties, in the process failing to secure his ward (Olkeri) and subsequently lost his seat.
He is bitter that Lenku worked against him in the County Assembly, along with others who campaigned for the governor.
In a bid to regain lost support, Lenku recently appointed members of the Kikuyu community from Kajiado North into his government. He will now have to contend with the coming in of the UDA party into Kajiado North and other sub-counties which are likely to field the party’s candidates.
In 2017, Lenku received more than 95 per cent of all the Kikuyu votes in Kajiado North and there is a likelihood that Ngogoyo is likely to cut back a significant chunk of those votes.
Those close to MP Manje claim it will be an uphill task for Ngogoyo to bring him down in the next general election but then again, the bigger number of the youth is behind the nominated MCA.
Every politician seeking the position of governor in Kajiado must woo the Kajiado North voting bloc. This is the area with the largest number of registered voters from one ethnic community.