The race for the 2022 general election is quickly taking shape across the political divide.
Sitting and former politicians are working on strategies that will help them win favourite seats in the upcoming general election.
In Ukambani, the succession debate is raging on as top politicians eye to succeed Governor Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) and Charity Ngilu (Kitui).
Governor Mutua and Kibwana are serving there last terms in office and are yet to hint on their possible successors.
Ngilu, on the other hand, is serving her first term and is likely to defend the seat in 2022 polls.
Among top politicians said to be eyeing the governor seats in Ukambani are vocal Members of Parliament (MPs).
Here are vocal Kamba MPs who are likely to be governors in 2022.
1. Vincent Musyoka Musau
The Mwala legislator is a close ally of Governor Alfred Mutua.
He was re-elected in the 2017 general election on Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap Party.
Musyoka is among vocal politicians in Machakos and is likely to be endorsed by Mutua for the top seat in 2022.
2. Gideon Mulyungi
The first term Mwingi Central MP is a critic of governor Charity Ngilu.
Nicknamed ‘Tsunami’ Mulyungi has already declared the interest to unseat Ngilu in 2022.
3. Jessica Mbalu
The Kibwezi East MP is serving the second term in office and has been quoted saying that she might not seek another term in 2022 election.
There is a likelihood that Mbalu could be eyeing to succeed Governor Kivutha Kibwana in 2022 polls.
4. Rachel Nyamai
A political rival of governor Charity Ngilu, Nyamai is serving her second term in office.
She is among few MPs who won re-election in Ukambani on Jubilee Party ticket in the 2017 polls.
Nyamai is likely to contest the Kitui top seat in 2022 polls.
5. Daniel Maanzo
The Makueni Town MP is serving his second term in office.
A close ally of Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Maanzo is likely to bid for the Makueni governor seat in 2022.
6. Patrick Makau
The Mavoko legislator is also serving his second term in office.
A critic of Governor Alfred Mutua, Makau is likely to be in the race to succeed the Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader in the much awaited 2022 general election.