President Uhuru Kenyatta’s men in Jubilee are impressed by the ruling party’s performance in the just-concluded Kiambaa by-election.
On Friday, United Democratic Alliance’s John Wanjiku Njuguna was declared the winner after garnering 21, 773 votes, followed closely by Kariri Njama of Jubilee Party who had 21,263 votes. Previously, William Ruto’s men in UDA had vowed to floor the Jubilee candidate with a huge margin.
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, a key campaigner for the Jubilee Party in Kiambaa says they were just a handful in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s camp when they started fighting William Ruto’s indoctrination in Mt. Kenya four years ago. He describes the pro-Uhuru group as a ‘bunch of amateurs going up against an experienced battle-hardened politician’ (in reference to DP Ruto) which has come of age.
”We were clearly a minority. And we were a bunch of amateurs going up against an experienced battle-hardened politician. Kiambaa and Muguga show that we have come of age. We are now playing on equal terms; 50/50,” the MP says.
Ngunjiri Wambugu, a first-time legislator argues, while DP Ruto has been operating at his political peak, they (in Jubile) are getting better and stronger every day and attributes this to a new set of strategies the ruling party used in Kiambaa and Mugua, and promises a bruising battle for the political soul of Central Kenya in coming days.
”In Kiambaa and Muguga we know what we did, how long we did it, and what we got. Now we know what to do. The fight for the political soul of our region continues. And it’s a war that must be won. Our region will be united – or at least get to 70%. The alternative is to perish as a political community,” he adds.