The battle to succeed Governor John Nyagarama is unexpectedly bringing together top contestants, who previously never shared podiums whether in funerals or other social functions.

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Governor Nyagarama, 73, is serving the final term having secured his second chance in 2017, despite the race being closely fought. He's the pioneer governor and has been under pressure to leave a good legacy.

Last Friday, his former competitor Walter Nyambati agreed to work together with him, but insisted that the governor should now concentrate on leaving behind a good legacy in 2022.

"I know you're not a thief but you're surrounded by cartels. It's imperative that you get rid of such people and focus on delivering. We competed, went to court but now that's history. Let's work for the Nyamira people," Nyambati said.

Among those at pole position to succeed Nyagarama include ODM treasurer Timothy Bosire, who lost Kitutu Masaba seat in 2017, Mr Walter Nyambati, the runners up and former Kitutu Masaba MP as well. Borabu MP Ben Momanyi is tipped to be Nyagarama's favourite.

Others interested in the race are former MP Joseph Kiangoi, Senator Okong'o Mogeni, former senator Mong'are Okong'o, retired Judge David Onyancha, Dr Gesami, Charles Mochama among others.

But of the top contestants, Nyambati, Bosire and Mr Momanyi have lately shared podium together, a complete contrast of their past. At one point, they were engaged in cut-throat competitions which even degenerated into personal hatred.

"I contested against Nyambati and I beat him in 2013. I am not in war with him and we seem to be going well together. All we need is to put the leadership on the check and ensure the governor delivers," Mr Bosire said on Friday when he shared podium with Nyambati.

Incidentally, the three leaders have focused on ballooning wage bill in Nyamira, illegal employment, ghost workers and corruption vices which they jointly want weeded out of the county.

For Momanyi, a wiper MP, he has been fighting the tag of 'Nyagarama project'. Fellow contestants accuse him of being part of Governor Nyagarama government. Over the weekend, he shared podium with Bosire in Nyansiongo.

"I am Borabu MP and sharing with leaders is common. Meeting with Nyagarama doesn't mean that I have his blessings. I have won an election twice and I don't think I can lose. I am ready to face with anybody," he said at Nyansiongo.

Curiously, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has since reduced his inroads to the vast county. At one point, it was rumoured that he's interested to succeed Mr Nyagarama.

Nation Media Group Journalist Nyambega Gisesa, who unsuccessfully contested for Rigoma ward in 2017, believes that the youth should take advantage and grab power from the ageing politicians. However, he concedes that clan will play a major role in 2022 race.

"It's time the youths wake up and take over. Let's shun clanism and focus on the trophy. We can't be taking of octogenerian politicians throughout. It's our moment, let's go for it," he wrote.