Kindiki’s mother heart-broken after her son misses out
The mother of Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki yesterday expressed disappointment after Deputy President William Ruto failed to name him as his running mate.
“My hopes have been dashed. We were hoping the Deputy President would appoint my son his running-mate because he is a man of integrity, who has delivered in the various jobs assigned to him,” Mama Ann Kindiki said from her Mukothima home in Tharaka North.
Kindiki intended to seek the Tharaka Nithi governorship but opted out after Ruto asked the Senator’s constituents to release him to the national stage.
The Senator’s father, Daniel Kindiki, yesterday indicated he was not keen on his son running for the governor, saying his candidature would have split the Tharaka sub-clans.
“I was relieved when he was named among those who were being considered for running mate,” senior Kindiki said.
Residents also expressed their dissatisfaction following the appointment of Gachagua.
They had high hopes that their son would secure a chance for the deputy president.
The residents who sat glued to TVs and radios started speculations, because their son was nowhere to be seen during the press conference at Ruto’s Karen official residence.
Their hopes to celebrate the nomination of their son for the top post were shattered.
Stephen Muthengi, a resident of Kathwana area, said it was unfair for Kenya Kwanza to lock the lawmaker out.
Another resident, Eric Kirimi, faulted the Deputy President for failing to settle on Kindiki, stating that the senator had largely sacrificed to market United Democratic Alliance and Ruto’s presidential ambitions.
“Ruto told us to give him our son Kindiki so that he can work with him at the national level. We wanted Kindiki to be our governor but he suspended his ambitions for the DP post, now they have picked Gachagua. This is betrayal,” said Kirimi.
Another resident, Njagi Isaac, said he dissatisfied by the DP’s choice.
Latest record by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission indicate that Tharaka Nithi has 234,000 votes.
C county contributes quite a proportional number of votes to Mt Kenya East vote basket, which has 1.35 million votes.
Mt Kenya East comprises of Meru, Embu and Tharaka Nithi.
In Embu where National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi hails from, residents also expected he would be considered for the deputy president position.
However, those who spoke to the People Daily said they were satisfied with the choice Ruto chose.
“I am happy with the choice DP Ruto has made today. We will support and work with them,” David Njeru , a resident, said.
Esbon Nyaga said Muturi was his choice to be Ruto’s running mate, however, he added that he will respect the decision because Ruto was his presidential candidate.