Kenya’s general election has been billed as a contest between political dynasties versus self-made politicians. Kiambu County, which is part of the larger Mt. Kenya region, has traditionally been a vote bank for President Uhuru Kenyatta. But with Deputy President William Ruto gaining in strength, will this election mark the end of Kenyatta influence on Kiambu politics?
Kiambu County is the second largest region by voter population after Nairobi. With 1.27 million registered voters, it has the ability to sway the presidential election in either direction. As a county that has 12 constituencies each represented by an MP in the National Assembly, it also receives one of the highest revenue allocations from the national government – KSh11.7bn ($98.9m) annually.
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