Nairobi, Sept. 10 -- With deep regional networks established over 10 years, second-term governors are strong running mate candidates for top presidential contenders. Indeed, some of the county chiefs could front their own bids for high office.

The expected exit of President Kenyatta in 2022 has opened up the political landscape as leaders who have been running mates since 2007 - Mr Musalia Mudavadi, Deputy President William Ruto and Mr Kalonzo Musyoka - are all in the race to succeed him.

Make a fifth stab

With Mr Raila Odinga looking set to make a fifth stab at the presidency, campaign teams are searching for running mates, and given that political influence is a key factor, the pool of second-term governors barred from seeking re-elect...