Machakos County Governor Dr Alfred Mutua is serving his final term in office even as he hopes to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2022 general election.
As he serves his final term, the Maendeleo Chap Chap Party (MCCP) leader has not hinted on or declared his possible successor.
As the 2022 general elections approach, several political bigwigs from Machakos are said to be eyeing to succeed the former Government Spokesperson.
Some of the serious political contenders likely to succeed Governor Mutua in 2022 include his long term political rival Wavinya Ndeti.
Ndeti unsuccessfully contested for the Machakos top seat in 2013 and 2017 general election and in both cases accused Governor Mutua of rigging her out.
She filed her rigging claims in court but was dismissed for lacking evidence.
The former Kathaini MP is likely to bid for the Machakos top seat in 2022 and will be among the top politicians to watch out.
Mwala MP Engineer Vincent Musyoka is also another serious politician who can easily succeed Governor Mutua in 2022.
Musyoka boasts of massive popularity among the youth and could take advantage of the support to bid for the Machakos top seat in 2022.
Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama could also be a serious contender for the governor seat in 2022 if he decides to contest.
A critic of Governor Mutua, Muthama is also perceived as the next possible Kamba political kingpin after Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
Mavoko MP Patrick Makau also has the potential to bid for the Machakos top seat and win.
The former councillor is among Kamba veteran politicians and could bank on his experience to succeed Mutua if he decides to contest in the election.
Engineer Francis Maliti, Governor Mutua’s deputy, is also perceived to be among the big names likely to take over Machakos in 2022.
It will be interesting to watch how the race to succeed Governor Mutua unfolds as 2022 quickly approaches.