The three, Katoo ole Metito, Francis Meja, and Peris Tobiko will face each other in the UDA party’s nomination race in April.
Each of them has been traversing the region in the last couple of months after crossing over to DP William Ruto’s party from the shell-less Jubilee party that has since been swallowed by ODM.
Katoo is Kajiado South MP serving his last 20th year as a legislator, while Tobiko is serving the last year of her second term as Kajiado East MP.
Meja is the immediate former National Transport Safety Authority and he is plunging into politics for the first time to oust governor Joseph ole Lenku, who is seeking his second term as Kajiado CEO.
As a greenhorn in politics, Meja will be facing two astute politicians and masters in their careers in a metropolitan county, with those viewed as “visitors” calling shots in terms of numbers.
The people of Kajiado are following this political event with bated breath as Lenku has sworn he is not ready to just let that seat go “like that”.
Tobiko, Katoo, and Meja feel Lenku has been a let-down to the people he promised to change their lives in the campaigns leading to the 2017 general election.
In that election, Lenku who was Jubilee’s blue-eyed boy won the election against the then incumbent, David Nkedianye, despite the latter’s popularity in the region.
Nkedianye’s track development record that he left after he was kicked out in the last general election, according to political pundits, still overshadows that of Lenku.
Lenku, who says he will defend his seat in this year’s general election, has a tall order in convincing the entire Kajiado on what he did for them in the last five years.
The sitting governor says when he took over from Nkedianye there was no elaborate healthcare scheme for the people of Kajiado.
He also claims he has united the cosmopolitan region like never before and wants to continue with his legacy to the next term.
But he has come under spirited attack from Katoo, Tobiko, and Meja, who see him as a failure with no management skills of a county.
Corruption claims and over-employment is claimed to have contributed to Lenku’s failure to ignite development projects that were initiated by former governor Nkedianye.
UDA party, just like other political parties in the country, will be holding its nominations in April, and the people of Kajiado are keen to know who among Katoo, Meja and Tobiko will win in readiness of facing Lenku, who is claimed to be likely to snatch Azimio’s ticket from Nkedianye.
Tobiko has covered more physical ground than her two rivals in her campaigns in the five sub-counties of the region, and whether that will give her more votes remains a keen interest for the UDA supporters who want Lenku to go home in the next general election.
Whoever will win the UDA nomination in April will be Lenku’s major opponent in the general election. Unlike the 2017 general election when Lenku had state support, the 2022 general election will be a tricky one for him.
Lenku has indicated that his worries are compounded by the fact that Nkedianye will be running against him and dismissed Katoo, Tobiko, and Meja as “non-issues”.
But political pundits are of a different opinion as they claim the ground is different from what Lenku is perceiving.
Peter Waweru, a resident of Ngong, says the people of Kajiado North, the region’s vote basket, are keen to see their next governor picking one of them as his/her deputy.
Already Lenku has a deputy, Martin Moshisho from Kajiado Central, the candidates from UDA are yet to pick their running mates.
Whichever direction the UDA nominations will take, Lenku will face the fiercest election in his life in 2022.
But all in all, the decision to elect the next governor lies in the hands of the people of Kajiado county.