The constituency has been represented by KANU since 1963 during the one party system mostly by Maina Wanjigi who Clinched the position four times in (1969, 1974, 1983 and 1988)
During Multi-party system FORD-ASILI George Ngethe was the area MP in 1992 before Norman Nyaga clinched the position on a DP ticket and retained it in 2002on a NARC ticket.
For the last 13 odd years, the constituency has been represented by two esoteric politicians-the rambunctious Norman Nyagah-whom the electorate have always felt was imposed on them and Mbugua who was crowned the 'winner' in the controversial 2007 elections.
From 1997 to 2007, when Nyagah was deposed by Mbugua, Kamukunji voters felt alienated from Nyagah because they could not 'own' him. He had 'immigrated' to the area from his rural constituency of Gachoka in Mbeere district. After ridding themselves of Nyagah, who had won in 1997 on a Democratic Party (DP) ticket, and in 2002 on a Narc ticket, they opted for Mbugua.
The IIEC official campaign period rran between May 1st and 21st, two days before the mini-polls were slated for May 23.
There are 130,738 registered voters in the constituency.
Lady Justice Mary Ang’awa declared the 2007 election in Kamukunji constituency null and void on January 27th 2011 hence Kamukunji MP Simion Mbugua loosing the seat. The case has been presided by three judges since it was filed. With two, Lady Justice Kalpana Rawal and Justice Fred Ochieng disqualifying themselves.
The petition was filed three years ago on 28th August 2008 by Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed who contested the seat on an ODM ticket. The seat was contested by 25 candidates but only the results of three candidates were released.
The IIEC cleared seven candidates to contest in Kamukunji by-election namely:
1. Ibrahim Ahmed - ODM (Direct nomination)
2. Yusuf Hassan - PNU (Joint nomination with ODM-K)
3. Brian Weke - Narc-Kenya
4. James Matagaro - Social Congress
5. Daniel Ondiere - Ford People
6. Catherine Muthoni - Grand National Union
7. David Mwaura Waihiga - Agano
IIEC rejected Mr. Mbugua papers presented on grounds that he could not prove he was a member of the little known Vipa party, which sponsored him. Returning officer Joseph Masindet said the former MP’s nomination certification showed that he was nominated on April 26th which was past nomination deadline of April 21st.
IED will deploy observers in all the 23 polling centres and an observation report will be shared after the by-election.
The Kamukunji by-election was however postponed following a High Court Injunction issued on Friday 20th May 2011. The injunction was issued following an application by an individual who claimed that the IIEC rejected his nomination papers without giving him reasons and therefore denying him the opportunity to contest in the by-elections. Apparently, the application was filed in Court on or around 19th May 2011 by the applicant yet the nominations for Kamukunji Constituency, which is the subject of the application, were conducted on 28th April 2011. In fact, the applicant, Mr. Paul Waweru Mwangi presented his nomination documents to the IIEC Returning Officer on 28th April 2011 at 3.45 p.m.
IED has mapped all the polling centres in the Constituency and developed a map which is useful for effective planning during observation of the by election. See the Constituency Map here>>