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Allocate more top positions to allies from vote-rich Kiambu, Ruto told

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 08:30 | By
Githunguri MP Gathoni Wamuchomba with President William Ruto. PHOTO/Courtesy.

Members of Parliament from Kiambu now want President William Ruto to increase the appointments he has made from the county.

Out of the county’s 1.2 million registered voters, the MPs said, a total of 606,429 votes went to Ruto, beating all other regions, hence the need for Ruto to reward the county through representation in the national government.

MPs Gathoni Wamuchomba (Githunguri), Mburu Kahangara (Lari), George Koimburi (Juja) and Elijah Njoroge Kururia (Gatundu North) urged Ruto to appoint more leaders from Kiambu to positions of Principal Secretary and Chief Administrative Secretary.

Speaking during celebrations to mark the achievement of former Gatundu North MP Francis Kigo Njenga, who was recently awarded a doctorate degree, the legislators urged Ruto to ensure fairness in distribution of government positions.

They said this at a time when a scramble for government appointments continues to intensify, with many leaders indicating their interest to serve in various positions.

The legislators urged the Head of State to consider appointing a leader from Gatundu North constituency, which for years has had no representative in the national government.

Kigo unsuccessfully vied for the Gatundu North MP position on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket. Out of the 12 parliamentary positions in the county, UDA only failed to bag the Gatundu North seat, which Kigo lost to Kururia, a former MCA who vied as an independent candidate.

“Ruto should make sure that anybody who was part of the team that helped him ascend to the highest office is part of the government. We are pushing to have Kigo appointed to a higher position,” said Wamuchomba.

So far, only Moses Kuria from Kiambu County has been appointed to the post of Cabinet Secretary for Trade, Investment and Industry. This left many Ruto’s allies hopeful that they would be considered for PS and CAS jobs.

During the ceremony, Kigo, a certified public accountant, announced his retirement from local politics. “I have retired from local politics and will never again vie for the position of MP. I’m ready to serve in the national government in any capacity,” he said.

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