By Our Reporter
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) will hold its party primaries on April 14th and the battle has narrowed down to a two-horse race among two members of parliament.
The Thursday nominations will see a major battle between two sitting MPs Katoo ole Metito (Kajiado South) and Peris Tobiko (Kajiado East Constituency).
Other aspirants in the race are Dr Rachel Gitonga and Francis Meja who are struggling to draw a crowd.
Most analysts in the region now consider Katoo the frontrunner, he has been a member of parliament for four terms, launched his campaign in UDA Party earlier than Tobiko and seems to have benefited a lot form Jubilee to UDA defection.
According to political analyst Thomas Supeyo the Kajiado South MP has an upper hand in the nominations because of his mobilization skills, he has been able to pull together support of most aspirants in UDA Party.
“He has been in the ground for a long time and has power of influence, he has been able to receive support from even elected leaders,” Supeyo said. He says the party using IEBC voters register will have little impact to the candidates since very few people turnout for nominations.
In Kajiado North, a constituency that has majority voters, he has support of four elected MCAs out of five, Peris has no support of any elected leader from the region.
In Kajiado East where she has been an MP for two terms Tobiko has lost some of her confidants including Olosirkon MCA Francis Kaesha (ODM), most MCAs from the region are in Azimio la Umoja Coalition. She had however received support of nominated MCA Yvonne Tonkei, Katoo has the support of Leah Sankaire (UDA women representative aspirant) a former Chief of Protocol in Lenku’s administration.
In Kajiado South flamboyant politician MP aspirant Elijah Keen Naini aka Bazuu who had decamped Katoo’s camp returned back promising to throw his weight behind his MP(Katoo).
Azimio gubernatorial aspirants governor Joseph ole Lenku (ODM) and David Nkedianye (Jubilee) have also been linked to one of the aspirants which sources who spoke with County Press indicating that they have invested in ensuring they get a weak candidate.
There has been messages calling on the governors’ supporters to elect a certain candidate but the governor’s communication team have come out defending themselves that they are ready for any candidate.
In their last rallies in the county Kajiado MP aspirant Onesimus Ngogoyo said they are aware of plans to spoil the nominations for Azimio, the nominated MCA said voters are ready to ensure Katoo takes it home.
Katoo said if elected he will fix water and sewer challenges facing the urban residents and ensure Maasais rights are protected.
While Tobiko said she will ensure the urban voters benefit from their votes by employing them in the county government accusing Lenku of failing to address issues affecting locals.
During aspirants meeting in Kajiado county the Katoo team had pushed the party to use the party’s register in primaries to lock out Azimio supporters from voting. UDA spirants who had not registered members said the method will not favor them.
Some of the aspirants had one time protested to UDA Party top officials claiming the party is favoring team Katoo, the Katoo team however said the gubernatorial aspirants had sensed defeat, the party promised them a free and fair nomination.