In a surprising move, Antony Manyara was sworn in as the University of Nairobi student chair last year. University elections being an expensive affair, Manyara revealed to have used about 13 million in his campus tours, supporting deserving teams in all campuses and his campaign team’s allowances. He said that he had reliable friends who came to his support plus him being a farmer back home with additional several business chains within Nairobi was an added advantage to him.
Already Antony Manyara has declared his interest in Meru county senatorial seat, a position being held by Linturi at the moment. The position for Meru Senatorial seat has gone a notch higher even before 2022 comes closer. Antony Manyara has solidified his youth support base since when he declared that he will vie for the seat. Being a member of Party of National Unity, PNU and a close ally to its party leader Peter Munya there exist high chances that he will be granted the party ticket for the seat. Not that alone, Manyara has made inroads with Jubilee party leaders in the region, it may be his strategy of making sure that he consolidates support from all bases.
Antony Manyara says, “I highly regard our top leadership, the conciliatory move and message of cohesion was a timely move. Homewards, I look up to Hon. Peter Munya whose leadership and consistent support inspire most youths”
In 2017, Antony Manyara had ambitions to vie but shelved them for Tigania East MP, Hon. Josphat Gichunge Kabeabea.
Antony has been on the spot for condemning the mids especially when Billions were looted at NYS.
In a petition he presented in parliament, Manyara and Wangai said that NYS was being misused by the people managing it to steal funds.
According to him, NYS does not have predetermined functions leaving its role to the “imagination of those in charge”.
54 people were implicated in the Sh 9 billion NYS scandal including NYS Director General Richard Ndubai and Youth Affairs PS Lillian Ndubai. Those close to Manyara are, however, painting the campaign as a contest between the young, educated generation against the old folks seeking power for the sake of it.
Last month Linturi dismissed this ideology saying: “Representation in Parliament or Senate is not all about being young or being a youth. It is about the articulation of issues to help the ordinary Kenyan improve their lives, and that is what I stand for.”
The battle between Manyara and Linturi has completely overshadowed the other contestants who already have an interest in the seat.