Over the weekend in Kirinyaga, Governor Anne Waiguru vowed to teach President Uhuru Kenyatta a political lesson in her county following revelations that the Head of State could be bankrolling her main competitor, Wangui Ngirici who has also declared her interest in the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat.
Sources close to the Kirinyaga governor say Waiguru felt betrayed by the president whom she expected not to get directly involved with Kirinyaga politics, owing to their long-standing friendship. It is this decision by Uhuru Kenyatta to fund campaigns of his allies across Mt Kenya that has rubbed her the wrong way.
”We have nothing to fear. In fact, the President will be surprised that the mountain moved a long time ago and it’s solidly in UDA,” the Kirinyaga governor, once a close ally of the President and a former Devolution Secretary said in response to the president’s move.
On Friday, Woman Rep Wangui Ngirici held a closed-door meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi after the Head of State’s event with over 3,000 youths. The State House meeting was also attended by Communications and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, Jubilee Party secretary-general Raphael Tuju and MPs Kanini Kega (Kieni), Naisula Lesuuda (Samburu West), Wangui Ngirici (Kirinyaga county) among others.
Governor Waiguru who is currently in UDA also poured cold water on the new push by President Kenyatta to revamp Jubilee and have it as the dominant Mt Kenya political party, saying they had moved on and it was akin to flogging a dead horse.
”We have moved on and whether they revamp Jubilee or join Azimio is really not an issue. Whether Jubilee changes its name, colours or logo, it is a dead horse, flogging it will not change anything. Every village that you go to in Mt Kenya, there is no one talking about Jubilee and it’s just a matter of time; those still left in the party will come running to UDA,” she added.