Waiguru pulls rug under Ngirici’s feet by hosting Ruto day to Azimio event in KirinyagaBy Justus Karanja
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru (pictured above with other leaders) has moved to pull the rug under Woman Representative Purity Ngirici’s feet by hosting Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDAS) brigade a day to a planned Azimio la Umoja function hosted by Ngirici.
Waiguru announced a mega rally that will be attended by the Deputy President on Saturday, 29th January while Ngirici had reportedly invited Azimio bigwigs for a church function on Sunday, 30th January.
Yesterday, Waiguru posted on her Facebook that she had joined MPs, MCAs and other leaders from Kirinyaga to affirm that Ruto's Saturday rally in Mwea would continue despite unwarranted refusal by known "system" operatives for the event to be held at Wang'uru Stadium.
“We, the people of Kirinyaga, will host the Deputy President William Ruto, Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula for another Earthquake rally, in Mwea Thiba North Grounds, on Saturday 29th January, 2022. Karibuni sana,” the governor asserted.
Earlier, she had posted that the next earthquake is by women of Kenya continuing to take up leadership positions in UDA with the strong support of Ruto.
She had been hosted by Spice FM, Eric, Oko and Muga to elucidate on how UDA is leading the way in supporting the extremely high numbers of women aspirants from Governors to MCAs.
But on 30th, Ngirici had planned to host Azimio la Umoja leaders at a church function.
The Azimio leaders are to troop to Kirinyaga a day after being hosted at Ihura Stadium in Murang’a County, on January 29.
In Murang’a, they will be hosted by political heavyweights who include former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, Kigumo MP Ruth Mwaniki, Kangema’s Muturi Kigano, Maragua’s Mary Wamaua, Mathioya’s Peter Kimari, Gatanga’s Nduati Ngugi and Woman Reresentative Sabina Chege.
In Kirinyaga, leaders expected to grace the function cum rally include ODM leader Raila Odinga and political heavyweights from Mount Kenya who include Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, Kenneth, Laikipia governor Nderitu Muriithi, former Starehe MP Maina Kamanda, Kiambu governor James Nyoro and Nyandarua governor Francis Kimemia.
In what will be a show of might, Ngirici has extended invitation to the 25 governors who have endorsed Raila for presidency.
They include Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Amason Kingi (Kilifi), Fahim Twaha (Lamu), Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru), James Ongwae (Kisii),Wyclliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Martin Wambora (Embu), Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu), Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Cornel Rasanga (Siaya), Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet), Anne Kananu (Nairobi), Ali Korane (Garissa), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Wilbur Otichillo (Vihiga), Amos Nyaribo (Nyamira), Joseph Ole Lenku (Kajiado) and Dhado Godhana (Tana River).
Ngirici, sources revealed, will use the event to declare her support for Azimio and Raila’s presidential bid in the August General Election.
By inviting the Azimio leaders in Kirinyaga, Ngirici is positioning herself to become the ODM’s leader’s point-man in the region.
She is keen to use the growing popularity of Azimio to wrestle the county chief post from her bitter rival, governor Anne Waiguru.
Ngirici new move comes months after she mended fences with Interior Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho, who hails from the region.
Kibicho has even cleared the air on rumours he was preparing to go for the gubernatorial seat.
He has severally stated he will not be seeking the lucrative post, with indications he might back Ngirici to square it out with Waiguru, Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua, former governor Joseph Ndathi and the latest entrant, Senator Charles Kibiru who was elected as an Independent but backs Jubilee Party.
Ngirici’s move comes days after Ndathi announced he would be in the race to face his female opponents.
Ndathi was the governor between the years 2013 to 2017 before losing to Waiguru in the 2017 General Election.
But Ngirici might now decide to postpone the event to avoid a scenario where Waiguru will have poisoned the ground, by urging residents to give the Azimio function a wide berth.