The Jubilee Party candidate for Runyenjes Constituency is likely to be the first Akorino MP in Kenya.
Eric Muchangi Njiru, popularly known as Karemba, in reference to the Akorinos’ head dress that he dons, is headed for victory if provisional results are anything to go by.
So far, Muchangi is leading with 57,007 votes (85.73 per cent) while John Njiru Kathangu is trailing him with 4,664 votes (7.01 per cent).
The other candidates are John Ndigwa, who has garnered 2,726 votes, Clement Njeru (1,612 votes) and Joyce Mukami (490 votes).
This was Muchangi’s second bid after his unsuccessful one in 2013 when he vied on an Alliance Party of Kenya ticket and lost to TNA’s Cecily Mbarire.
Ms Mbarire did not run for any political seat after losing the Embu Jubilee governorship primaries to Governor Martin Wambora.
The Akorino community in the county is celebrating Muchangi’s win seeing it as a prayer answered because it prayed for and endorsed his bid.
Rev Salesio Rutere, the Bishop of the Holy Litany God Healing Church (Akorino), was recently delighted that several members of the church were vying for various public positions.
He said Muchangi’s win would bolster the church’s position that Akorinos are equal to the task and should not be discriminated against in the job market.
“We are grateful that God has heard our prayers. We are also happy that we have a God-fearing leader. As the scriptures say, when the righteous lead, the people rejoice. We expect good leadership from him,” Rev Rutere said.
The Akorino are a strict religious group easily identified by their white head dresses and flowing gowns.