Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye and his key challenger, former Security Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, received their clearance certificates on Thursday morning and officially kicked off their campaigns with promises of what they will do the Maasai people once elected.
It was a show of might as each candidate was accompanied by hundreds of supporters and a convoy that brought traffic from Kitengela all the way to Namanga to a standstill.
Dr Nkedianye was the first one to receive his certificate.
There was however a slight hitch as the computer systems were down, which forced IEBC officials to register the governor manually.
Dr Nkedianye however commended the availability of the manual back-up but cautioned against relying on it in the August 8 elections.
Soon after, his convoy snaked its way to Kitengela, where he joined the county’s Commissioner, Harsama Kello, in marking Madaraka Day.
Mr Lenku – who came in one hour after Dr Nkedianye – took his campaign to the Namanga border town, making stops at Ilbisil and Maili Tisa.
He said that the IEBC clearance had given him the mandate to unite the people of Kajiado.
“I have my work cut out for me,” he said.
Of immediate concern to him, he said, was the need to unite all the people living in urban centres in Kajiado.
“We will also embark on healing the Maasai, who have been divided along clan lines,” he said.