Susan Kihika Beats Lee Kinyanjui to Become Third Nakuru Governor

  • Outgoing Nakuru Senator, Susan Kihika votes on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
    Outgoing Nakuru Senator, Susan Kihika votes on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
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  • Outgoing Nakuru Senator, Susan Kihiki, has floored incumbent governor, Lee Kinyanjui, to emerge victorious in the 2022 General Election. 

    Kihika, who vied on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket, garnered 440,707 votes against Kinyanjui's 225,623.

    Declaring her the winner, Nakuru county Returning Officer, stated that Kihika beat Kinyanjui in all the 11 constituencies of the expansive and vote-rich county.

    Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika during a campaign rally in Nakuru on Thursday June 8, 2022
    Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika during a campaign rally in Nakuru on Thursday, June 8, 2022
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    Prior to the announcement of the final results, Kihika had exuded confidence that she would emerge victorious, promising to fulfill the will of the people as she promised during the campaigns.

    "Thank you to the great people of Nakuru County for giving me a resounding mandate to be the 3rd Governor. It is a huge privilege and honor with great responsibility. I will give it my all, and together we will get it on the path to economic prosperity and make it work for all!" Kihika stated. 

    Kihika will now become the third governor of Nakuru county, succeeding Kinyanjui, who also succeeded Kinuthia Mbugua - the current State House comptroller.

    Kinyanjui, who vied on a Jubilee Party ticket, had promised to shift his focus to Nakuru's industrial sector should he be re-elected.

    While listing his achievements during the Nakuru gubernatorial debate, Kinyanjui exuded confidence in his projects including elevating Nakuru to a city, drilling boreholes and boosting the educational sector in the county after revamping the Early Childhood Development Education centres (ECDE). 

    Kihika, on the other hand, promised to address the perennial water shortage in Rongai sub-county and Mosop ward, while also ensuring affordable health care for all. 

    "Water shortage in Rongai Sub-County has been a major challenge for many years. Mosop ward is especially hard hit by this challenge. But we have a plan to solve this challenge and make this a thing of the past and we shall give it a priority. 

    "Access to affordable health services for all, improved access roads, support for farmers through subsidised inputs and availing interest-free credit to Small Scale Traders are also part of our agenda," she detailed during the gubernatorial debate aired on Citizen TV. 

    Deputy President William Ruto and Senator Susan Kihika in Nakuru County on February 11, 2022.
    President William Ruto and Governor Susan Kihika in Nakuru County on February 11, 2022.
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