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Don’t impose Igathe, Azimio city supporters caution Uhuru and Raila

Don’t impose Igathe, Azimio city supporters caution Uhuru and Raila

By Correspondent

Nairobi Azimio la Umoja supporters have cautioned the outfit against giving former Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe (pictured) a direct ticket to contest the gubernatorial seat.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, they said the plan to give Igathe direct ticket was misguided, noting that the former deputy governor will easily be floored by United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate, Senator Johnson Sakaja, in the August 9 General Election.

The supporters stated that Igathe should compete in the Jubilee primaries with other candidates and if he wins the primaries, they will support him.

They cautioned Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate, Raila Odinga against falling prey to machinations by self-centred leaders who want to plant Igathe as the Azimio gubernatorial candidate.

The Azimio supporters noted that Igathe has no grassroots touch, adding that Jubilee Party won the 2017 Nairobi governor’s race due to former governor, Mike Sonko’s influence at the grassroots and not the cowardly Igathe who was the running mate.

They added that Igathe if given a direct ticket will be branded as a state project by United Democratic Alliance (UDA), a move that might see Azimio la Umoja lose the crucial seat.

The Azimio supporters added that pairing Igathe with Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi as running mate will not help Azimio bag the seat, noting the MP is not popular outside his constituency.

They called on President Uhuru Kenyatta as Jubilee Party leader to ensure the party’s primaries are free and fair, noting that they are ready to support the winner.

They said it was unfortunate a clique of self-centred leaders were pressurizing Raila and Uhuru to give Igathe the Azimio ticket to run for the city top seat.

The Azimio supporters dismissed the Mt Kenya Foundation which is suspected of plotting to sneak Igathe as a busybody, noting in the last two elections the group backed Moses Mwangi in the Murang’a governor’s race but he lost to Mwangi wa Iria, twice.

They advised the group to “take Igathe to Murang’a’ where they noted he will be beaten hands down. 

The Mt Kenya caucus initially wanted Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCC) president Richard Ngatia but started having misgivings due to the latter’s questionable academic credentials and involvement in graft.

The Azimio supporters said Igathe showed his lack of leadership qualities when he resigned as deputy governor, a move that saw the city go without a deputy governor for a record two years.

They expressed fear if Azimio wins the governor’s race with Igathe, he can repeat the same mistake of resigning if under pressure, thereby throwing the capital city to the dogs for the second time.


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