Kenyans went to the polls on the 8th of August to exercise their democratic right of electing the President, Governor, Senator, Member of Parliament, Woman Member of Assembly and Member of County Assembly.
Among those who went to exercise their democratic right were the good people of Laikipia County. They braced the cold Tuesday morning to elect their leaders.
There were two key positions that were vital for the people of Laikipia: the gubernatorial position and the presidential position but most importantly, the gubernatorial position.
Two political titans who were bracing for the Laikipia gubernatorial position were on the focus of many. The incumbent Governor Irungu was vying on a Jubilee party ticket and Honorable Ndiritu Muriithi was vying on an independent ticket.
As an independent candidate, Ndiritu Muriithi faced numerous challenges. First, he was running as an independent candidate. Second, he was contesting in a Jubilee stronghold zone. Third, he did not have what it takes in terms of resources as his opponent.
From the onset, everything seemed to be working against Honorable Ndiritu Muriithi. The whole government machinery, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta pitched camp in Laikipia County campaigning for the outgoing Governor.
Talking about the politics of Laikipia this year without mentioning Mr. Mwangi Kiunjuri, the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution, will be unfair. This is the man who literary pitched camp in Laikipia County in a desperate effort of making sure that the incumbent Governor then, Irungu is reelected and Honorable Ndiritu Muriithi is rejected.
Mr. Mwangi Kiunjuri used all the tactics including using the government subsidized maize meal to try and sway the voting patterns of the people in Laikipia. At one time, he took the subsidized maize flour to Laikipia and distributed them for free under the pretence of helping to shield people against hunger but all was to campaign for the outgoing Governor and discredit Honorable Ndiritu Muriithi.