Deputy President William Ruto is back to the drawing board, revising his strategy in Mt Kenya following the unexpected entry of Martha Karua into the presidential race- something undoing the United Democratic Alliance’s (UDA) four-year gains in the vote-rich region.
After her selection as Raila Odinga’s running mate in the Azimio-One Kenya coalition on May 16th, Karua, also the Narc-Kenya party leader kicked off a whirlwind tour of her Mt Kenya backyard, the first of its kind and drawing huge multitudes in her stop-overs.
Reports indicate UDA has hit the ground making new recruitments of members who will be tasked with adopting a polling station across the region, to protect the UDA vote.
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The wheelbarrow party is also zoning its perceived strongholds of Kiharu, Kandara, Mathira, Gatanga and Kikuyu which it has locked from its coalition partners in the region.
A team led by Members of Parliament Alice Wahome, Rigathi Gachagua, and Senator Kithure Kindiki has been tasked to pitch camp in Mt Kenya to contain Martha Karua and undo any gains she could make in her quest to have Mt Kenya vote for Azimio.
Other members of the team are governors Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga) and Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri) and MPs Alice Wahome (Kandara) and Kikuyu’s Kimani Ichungwa and Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu).