By Ndungu Gachane
The December 15 Gaturi by elections will be a testing ground for new political parties and flexing of muscles of the already existing ones.
Most importantly, the Ward whose Mca died last month will be the popularising agent for the new political outfits in Kenya.
Gatundu South Moses Kuria’s People Empowerment Party (Pep) is fielding Ms Esther Mwihaki Kamau who lost during the Jubilee party primaries to Ms Rosemary Wakuthii.
Mr Kuria a staunch supporter of Deputy President William Ruto is also set to visit the Ward in bid to consolidate support to Ms Mwihaki and at the same time selling his political outfit to Mt Kenya region.
He has already started online campaigns where he is urging electorates to support candidates for his political party.
National Ordinary Peoples Empowerment Party (Nopeu) a political vehicle belonging to East African Legislative Assembly MP Mpuri Ampuri, Cs Peter Munya and Meru Senator Mithika Linturi is also fielding a candidate; Christopher Mwangi Kimuhu who was a staff of former Senator Kembi Gitura.
Mr Kimuhu is now a staunch follower of Principal Secretary Irungu Wairagu who will be facing off with 10 candidates.
United Green Movement Party belonging to former Ndhiwa MP Agostino Netto is also fielding a candidate Mr Simon Mwangi.
Other new parties set to make inroads at Gaturi are The New Democratics party sponsoring Jacob Mwangi Murira among others.
Martha Karua’s Nark Kenya is fielding Zabron Mwangi, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap is also fielding Mr Muchoki Mbuthia while Democratic Party has Mr Wilson Kenda as its candidate.