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Mwala: showdown as Kawaya faces fierce rivals in re-election bid

Mwala MP Eng. Vincent Musyoka Musau alias Kawaya, is gearing up for a fiercely contested re-election bid as he aims to secure his fourth term in office. 

The upcoming 2027 elections have drawn several high-profile challengers, signaling a heated battle for the Mwala parliamentary seat. 

These political heavyweights are surely not bringing a knife in this gunfight as they prepare to unseat Kawaya.

Kilei Mutinda, a contractor, promises economic revitalization and job creation. Kilei lost to Kawaya twice in the 2017 and 2022 general elections.

Eng. Dennis Mumo, known by his nickname Tiger, has a reputation for his dynamic approach and strong connection with the youth, which could significantly sway the younger electorate. He is a lecturer at JKUAT and a businessman with interests in construction and entertainment.

Julius Masisya, a seasoned community organizer, has built a strong following with his development projects and grassroots engagement. 

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Thomas Kasoa, a former two-term Member of the county assembly with a robust background in education and public policy, is seen as a candidate of change, appealing to voters eager for new leadership.  He currently serves as the Chair Nairobi City County Public Service Board.

Scholar Peter Kathukya who also ran in the 2022 elections is said to be in the race.

Kawaya, elected on a UDA ticket known for his outspoken nature and dedication to his constituents, is not one to back down easily. His tenure has been marked by significant projects and initiatives aimed at improving infrastructure and social services in Mwala. In 3 elections he has successfully run against the Wiper wave and won with CCU, Chap chap and now UDA.

However, the emergence of strong contenders suggests that his path to re-election might not be smooth.

Political pundits predict that the upcoming election will be one of the most competitive in Mwala’s recent history. With each candidate presenting compelling visions for the future, the electorate faces a critical decision on whether to continue with Kawaya’s leadership or to embrace new perspectives and ideas.

When the campaigns intensify, the focus will undoubtedly be on addressing the key issues that matter most to Mwala’s residents. Geopolitics will also be at play. The incumbent comes from Mbiuni ward, Kasoa and Kathukya also come from the same ward.

The electorate’s choice will shape the constituency’s direction for years to come, making this election a pivotal moment in Mwala’s political landscape.

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