Political giants, where they went: William Kabogo

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William Gitau Kabogo is not a new name to anyone who understands current politics in Kiambu County and Kenya by large.
Kabogo, known for his authoritative and bold statements on current issues has served as Mp and Governor in a political career that goes way back from 2002.
Who is William Kabogo
Kabogo got into politics in 2002 when he vied for Juja MP but lost to Stephen Ndichu despite being the favourite of the then Kanu Presidential Candidate Uhuru Kenyatta.
He immediately decamped to Sisi kwa Sisi party and won the seat, Kabogo was however unable to defend the seat in 2007  after being beaten by the late George Thuo.
He moved to court and after a successful petition won the by election.

In 2013 Kabogo contested and won the Kiambu Gubernatorial Elections to become the 1st Governor of Kiambu County.


He however lost the seat to Ferdinand Waititu after losing the Jubilee Party ticket in the party primaries.

Kabogo ran aas for the August 8, 2017 poll as an independent candidate but would declare his loss way before the final tally was announced.

Since then Kabogo has been engaging in personal business and commenting on topical issues in the country.

Why Kabogo lost Kiambu Governor seat

As Governor he was credited with setting up some of the best hospitals built by Governors across the country.

A vocal supporter of President Uhuru, he is also credited for providing piped water and road infrastructure in sub counties that lacked the commodity in the past.

According to a section of Kiambu residents, Kabogo lost his seat despite having a very good development record because of his perceived hotheadedness.

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The governor was also accused of insulting some of his electorate an allegation he vehemently denies.

It is also said that he was proving to be too strong a politician in the Mt Kenya region especially as President Uhuru Kenyatta heads to retirement after his second term in 2022.

The former Governor was at one time quoted saying he could also vie for President in the future.

It is not however clear whether Kabogo will seek to clinch back the Kiambu Governor seat or vie for a different seat as he has steered off this topic in media interviews.

 

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