Kirinyaga Governor says the just concluded Kiambaa byelection results should worry UDA and Deputy President William Ruto who wants to be president next year. In a statement on Friday afternoon, Anne Waiguru says despite the country’s history showing mini-polls do not indicate the direction a general election will take, in Kiambaa two warning shots have been fired to the Jubilee Party and UDA.
”For Jubilee, it is that its core supporters are unhappy and urgent action is needed to forestall further downwards slide. For UDA this is probably the best they will do in Central Kenya. That should worry DP Ruto who needs 101% of Mt Kenya support if his candidacy is to convert to the State House,” Waiguru writes.
United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate John Njuguna Wanjiku won the Kiambaa parliamentary by-election with 21, 773 votes, followed closely by Kariri Njama of Jubilee who had 21,263 votes. On the other hand, the ruling party triumphed at Muguga Ward in Kabete where its candidate Githinji Mung’ara garnered 4,089 votes, while United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate Kamau Thumbi got 4,062 votes.
Strategists in Ruto’s camp are laboring day and night to inherit the Jubilee strongholds of 2013 and 2017, in an attempt to have the same blocks under the DP’s 2022 bid. However, with yesterday’s results, there are fears in UDA Mt. Kenya is currently split into Uhuru and Ruto factions, down to the electorate.