OPINION POLL: Karua Named the Most Influential Female Leader in Central Kenya as Waiguru’s popularity fades

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and NARC-Kenya party leader Martha Karua.

By Kelvin Majangah

Few days after a section of Mount Kenya political caucus declared Nark-Kenya party Leader Martha Karua as the spokesperson, a poll conducted by Mizani Africa has ranked her the most influential woman in central Kenya.

The iron lady was ranked at the top with 35% with her counterpart Ann Waiguru coming in second with 18%.

Others in the list included Sabina Wanjiru Chege who scored 15.6 percent and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika with 7.9 percent.

Speaking to the press in a Nairobi Hotel, operation manager Mizani Africa, Mr John Benson said that the polls were conducted in four Mount Kenya Counties, Murang’a, Tharaka Nithi, Laikipia, and Embu.

“The polls were conducted to identify politicians who are popular the four counties of Central Kenya Counties Murang’a, Tharaka Nithi, Laikipia, and Embu targeting how their electorates rank them, we will continue rating them across the country,” john alluded.


In Laikipia County, Governor Nderitu Mureithi would be voted again if the election were held today.

He was rated with 43.2 percent followed by Cate Waruguru who scored 22.7 percent. The former governor Joshua Irungu scored 19.1 percent.

In Embu County, former senator Lenny Kivuti was voted with 40.9 % as the best candidate to succeed Wambora while nominated MP Cecile Mbarire scored 32.9 percent.

For the position of senator in Embu County, Peter Njeru Ndwiga scored 35.2 percent followed by little known David Kariuki Njeru.

In Tharaka Nithi, Governor Muthomi Njuki scored dismally by only posting 26.0 percent against his competitor Prof Erastus Njoka who scored 44.5 percent.

For the position of senator in Embu, Samuel Mbae Ragwa scored 43.1 percent against Prof.Kithure Kindiki who scored 33.5 percent.

For the position of Women representative, Beatrice Nkatha scored 28.3 percent against Penina Murugi Kibaja who scored 20.2 percent.

In Murang’a County, the position of governor has attracted more than 9 candidates among them Jamleck Kamau, Irungu Kangata, Sabina Chege, and Irungu Nyakera among others.


Former Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau was ranked as the best candidate to succeed Mwangi Wa Iria with 50.5 percent while UDA pointman in Murang’a County Irungu Kangata scored 18.9 percent.

The position of senator has attracted more than five candidates among them Kembi Gitura, Charles Mwangi Ichagaki, and Prof Kagwanja among others. Irungu Kangata scored 47.6 percent against Kembi Gitura 15.1 percent.

For the position of Women representatives, Sabina Chege scored 44.3 percent against Waithira Muithirania who scored 30.1 percent.



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