With the clock ticking towards next year’s General Election, Kilifi county is prepared for the battle of the titans in the Senatorial race. – By Ramadhan Kambi.
This is after reports emerged that incumbent Senator Stewart Madzayo has decided to defend his seat.
There were initial reports that Rtd Judge Madzayo was going for the Kilifi gubernatorial seat but some sources close to the Senator said that he had decided to defend the seat.
His decision has now elicited a lot of reaction online and in Kilifi social pages, some asking the Senator to retire from active politics and leave the ground for the youthful leadership.
Some of those expected to battle for the seat include current Kilifi Finance Chief Officer Ben Kai, County director of budget Wilberforce Mwinga, students leader Fikirini Jacobs and a human rights activist Alex Mwanza.
Speaking in an interview, one of the locals Chigiri Dunga, an MCA aspirant in Chasimba ward asked Senator Madzayo to retire after his two terms stints at the heart of devolution at the Senate.
“Any smart politician reads the mood of voters and on this Senatorial race, I too join others to advise Senator Madzayo not to defend his seat. The political pace and energy at which his young competitors have set will be difficult for him to march,” said Mr Chigiri.
Mr Chigiri said the clamour and desire to change the faces of county leadership in different positions is seen in many eyes of Kilifi voters and that after serving for two-consecutive terms as Kilifi Senator, the only thing Senator Madzayo can do is to pave way for young senatorial leadership to thrive in Kilifi,” he said in a statement.
One of the aspirant Fikirini Jacobs said that it is now time for a youthfully leadership to take charge and change issues on how the funds have been managed at the county levels.
“The energy is there, the focus is there, and the people are yearning for that change. I am the change they want to see in 2022 General election. We shall reach there,” Mr Jacob said in an interview with Uzalendo News.
Political observers say that with Madzayo defending his seat, the pace is set for a strong duel in the ring for the Senate.