IS WAIGURU WARMING UP TO DP RUTO?


Anne Waiguru - Kirinyaga Governor
Joseph Mutua Ndonga
mutuandonga@yahoo.com

Worth Noting:

  • I am sure Waiguru was aware that the talks initiated by the Jubilee and ODM parties to form a pre-2022 election coalition had already been concluded. So, if Waiguru finally moves to UDA, this would be a setback for the President. This is while bearing in mind that she was also a key player in the Building Bridges Initiative [BBI]. It is wrong to betray a leader who has molded you.
  • Does she stand a chance of clinching the UDA ticket? I doubt. She will face Ms Wangui Ngirici, the founder of the party and county woman rep, during the primaries.

A few days ago, I read an interview granted by the Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru published by one of mainstream [read Sunday Nation dated October 17, 2021]. Asked whether she has abandoned President Uhuru Kenyatta, she responded. I have not done that. The President is not abandonable but as you know his name will not be on ballot. He is due to exit after the next year’s general election.

The President has no problem with me choosing the political vehicle that will help me to reclaim my position of governor with ease. If I don’t win, I will be of no use to him.

She further asserted: As of now, Ruto’s UDA is the party to beat in Kirinyaga and Mount Kenya region. This was yet another clear indication that she was warming up to DP. So, the talk of consulting the ground was just a hot air. But ultimately, it was bound to do more harm than good to her bid.

The people of Kirinyaga would label her a fence-sitter, an opportunist and unprincipled leader. She would also earn the tag of being a sellout. This is because she was known to be a close ally of President and, contrary to impression she created, Uhuru had not caved in to political machinations of United Democratic Alliance [UDA] that the Jubilee party was dead. He was still the party leader and his allies were working very hard to unsure the party’s grip in his strong hold of Mt Kenya remained intact and strong.

Sometime back, I heard one of the senior members of Jubilee saying. Uhuru wished to leave behind a strong party when his second term comes to end. This party is Jubilee and it will mainly articulate the interests of the people in our region. We will soon re-launch Jubilee re-loaded.

Lately, the people from other communities have been forming and unveiling their political parties. UDA does not belong to Mount Kenya. So, it will be a big betrayal if Waiguru decamps to it. A leader worth salt is the one who guide and take her people into the right direction. UDA is also a tribal party. So, don’t be swayed by propagandas being peddled by its defacto leader.

I am sure Waiguru was aware that the talks initiated by the Jubilee and ODM parties to form a pre-2022 election coalition had already been concluded. So, if Waiguru finally moves to UDA, this would be a setback for the President. This is while bearing in mind that she was also a key player in the Building Bridges Initiative [BBI].  It is wrong to betray a leader who has molded you.

Does she stand a chance of clinching the UDA ticket? I doubt. She will face Ms Wangui Ngirici, the founder of the party and county woman rep, during the primaries.

Reports indicated that Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho was also eyeing the gubernatorial seat. The other day he reconciled Wangui’s husband, Andrew Ngirici.

It will be interesting to see how the new-found DP-Waiguru relationship will shape up. Initially, the duo did not see eye to eye. It all started after the ODM leader Raila Odinga exposed the National Youth Service [NYS] scandal that rocked Waiguru’s ministry of Devolution.

Though DP Ruto had initially defended her terming it as scandal that never was, he later disowned Waiguru when she named two of his key allies as among beneficiaries of the stolen youth funds. “This woman is doing cat-walking and speaking a lot of English. We are interested in this. She should tell us where the money is?”, the DP once stated

Uhuru-Raila ‘Handshake’ would break the camel’s back. As DP interpreted it as a plot to scuttle his presidential ambitions, Waiguru threw her weight behind the two leaders. Besides being a key cog in [BBI] process, she campaigned for Imran Okoth during the Kibra by-elections. The DP was, on the other hand, fronting MacDonald Mariga.

 

Joseph Mutua is a Political Analyst and Blogger Based in Nairobi

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