Tough decisions for Kirinyaga residents, Ruto as Waiguru joins UDA
Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru has officially ditched Jubilee party for Ruto's United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party in an event that took place in Karen today.
Pushed to the wall by the shifting political ground in Mt Kenya, Governor Waiguru has finally made up her political move and joined the party associated with Deputy President William Ruto. A party she plans to use to defend her seat in the 2022 gubernatorial race.
However, tough decisions are on the horizon for DP Ruto and Kirinyaga residents as they seek to elect either Waiguru or UDA party loyalist and Kirinyaga County Woman Rep Purity Ngirici as the party flag bearer.
DP Ruto will have to play his political cards close to his chest as he seeks to woo both Waiguru and Ngirici to remain united ahead of the 2022 general elections.
With the elections fast approaching, Kirinyaga residents will also have a tough time picking their preferred candidate from either Waiguru or Ngirici, given their strong political base in the region.
Prior to Waiguru joining Ruto’s camp, the UDA ticket for Kirinyaga governor was widely expected to go with Ngirici.
She has since declared interest in the seat, and if she got the UDA nomination, she had a very good chance of winning, or at least giving Waiguru a run for her money.
Ngirici has welcomed Waiguru to UDA and is on record expressing confidence that she will win the party nomination.
"I'm optimistic that I will defeat the current governor by far, watch this space,” Ngirici stated in a previous function.
Reacting this morning to Waiguru’s news, Ngirici welcomed her to the party, saying UDA is a big party. “UDA house is a big house. She is welcome,” she wrote.
Ngirici was replying to a fan comment on a post where she wished President Uhuru Kenyatta a happy birthday.
Reports from people close to DP Ruto indicated that Waiguru was joined by Members of the Kirinyaga County Assembly who previously supported the Kieleweke faction.
Waiguru made the move amid speculations from political pundits that the governor would have lost her seat if she attempted to defend it under the Jubilee Party.
The county chief had signalled her exit from the ruling party and entry into Ruto’s party last month.
In recent times, the governor’s support for Jubilee Party has been wobbly.