Activist among young Turks lined up to oust city veteran politician Maina Kamanda.

Activist among young Turks lined up to oust city veteran politician Maina Kamanda.

Nairobi long-serving Starehe MP Maina Kamanda will be facing a formidable challenge from a group of young Turks who have lined up to dislodge him from the seat in the August polls.

The veteran politicians will be facing not only youthful and ambitious opponents, but he will also be candidates who are fairly rich and wield influence in the capital city politics.

With all eyes cast on being influencers in their generation and choosing to exert that influence in the nation’s capital, Kamanda will have an uphill task to retain the seat.

Starehe constituency is heavily cosmopolitan with over 123, 046 registered voters.

At least five candidates have declared their interest in the seat, which is home to Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) and at least a number of

The candidates include activist Boniface Mwangi (Ukweli party), Boniface Mwangi (Ukweli party) of Raila Odinga’s ODM and Stanley Gikonyo.

Other are city politician Francis Mwangi and Charles Kanji alias Jaguar both who will be squaring it out with the veteran politician to clinch the Jubilee party.

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While Kamanda has made it clear that he will clinch the seat due to his development record, his opponents say he has failed to his constituents and it is a time he called it a day.

In separate interviews, the aspirants seeking to unseat Kamanda says the incumbent has no development record apart from comical theatrics and buying of votes and bullying.

Stanley Gikonyo said that the MP has been playing dirty politics of bullying the locals who attempt to oust him, saying he is the Jubilee Party kingpin in Nairobi and whoever needs to win in the primaries must oil his hands with good blessings.

“Kamanda should be aware that Starehe electorates are tired of his leadership and therefore he should be ready to pack and pave way for other leaders who are ready to serve,” he said.

The Jubilee aspirant alleged that Kamanda stole his victory in 2013 during nomination exercise which was marred by irregularities.

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“Starehe electorates are of crying of poor roads, poor sewerage, insecurity and unemployment, Kamanda should have addressed all these issues if he sincerely means well to his votes,” he added.

On the other hand Activist, Boniface Mwangi says he will be vying for the seat, because of those in leadership positions both past and present, continue to ignore what citizens go through every day.

“I want to take the people’s voice to parliament where they have been ignored for far too long. I have always challenged our leaders for their bad decisions and failed governance. I have done this as an active citizen and a patriot. It is time to take the fight to parliament, where we, the people, need our voices heard,” Mr Mwangi says in his website campaign.

The activist holds that he understands that the problem that Starehe constituents go through.

He argues that he grew up in Starehe and lived there for almost half of my adulthood.

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“All my life I have worked in the Nairobi’s Central Business District, both formally and informally. While my work has given me both a national and global outlook into issues, my ‘roots’ have remained in Starehe,” he states.

The aspirant says the people of Starehe need jobs, water, sanitation, security, food, good education and health care, as do all Kenyans.

However, things could get nasty, should his former political nemesis Bishop Margaret Wanjiru throw herself into the ring.

The entry of Wanjiru would complicate matters for Maina Kamanda.

Sources indicate after the fallout of ‘Team Nairobi’ could see Wanjiru drop his gubernatorial bid for Starehe MP.

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