Kirinyaga: What it means for Purity Ngirici after Waiguru joins UDA
The entry of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru into UDA might have complicated Purity Ngirici's chances of clinching Kirinyaga's gubernatorial seat.
For a very long time, Kirinyaga Women Rep Ngirici has been riding on Waiguru's undecided stand to either join UDA or remain in the Jubilee party to push for her political gains.
Ngirici has constantly been criticizing Waiguru for not having a political stand nor having an idea of what the people of Kirinyaga want.
“I know how the ground looks like since I am always with the people unlike the governor, who is still listening to what the ground is saying before she decides on her next move,” Ngirichi said in a previous meeting as reported by a local daily.
The reluctance by Waiguru to make a decision has benefitted Ngirici as it significantly reduced the governor's popularity among the electorate hence giving her an upper hand in the gubernatorial race.
Now that Waiguru had made up her mind and joined UDA, there are a lot of things that are likely to change in Kirinyaga's gubernatorial race.
First, the governor is likely to regain her popularity since both UDA and its leader Deputy President William Ruto remain popular in Kirinyaga and Mt. Kenya at large.
Before Waiguru parted ways with DP Ruto and started supporting the government, she was the most popular politician in the Mt. Kenya region. Her popularity was so great that observers even lined her up for one of the people who were likely to deputize Ruto in the 2022 presidential race.
If Waiguru regains this popularity, she is likely to give Ngirici a run for her money in the gubernatorial race.
Another thing that is likely to change in the race is that the two rivals - Waiguru and Ngirici - are both going to have a middle ground race to the county's top seat.
This is due to the fact they will both compete under the UDA party and have their political ambitions and policies tailored towards the hustler narrative. When this happens, it is their popularity among the electorates that will determine their victory in the 2022 elections.