Waiguru ditches Ruto camp, declares support for handshake
Just days after former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa dumped Tanga Tanga and Deputy President Dr William Ruto, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has followed suit.
Governor Waiguru hit out at DP Ruto for starting early campaigns despite President Uhuru’s directive.
Ms Waiguru who was viewed as a potential running mate for the DP appeared to be reading the gospel according to handshake when she vowed to rally behind President Uhuru and Opposition chief Raila Odinga’s handshake.
“Even President Mwai Kibaki had a deputy (Kalonzo Msyoka) who had presidential ambitions, but he didn’t campaign until Kibaki’s term was over. Let us give President Uhuru time to serve Kenyans then campaign at the right time,” said Waiguru.
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The Ruto camp continued to hemorrhage after Muranga Woman Rep Sabina also changed tune and she took the handshake campaign to her Muranga backyard.
If the DP camp thought they were in control of Central region, then the Embrace rally was a stubborn verdict for them, it showed how the region could be slippery politically ahead of 2022.
And to confirm that they were irked by the ongoing activities, former Kakamega Senator and Ruto's right-hand man Bonny Khalwale took to twitter to celebrate what happened to Chege at the embrace rally where she was reportedly heckled.
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“Murang'a County woman MP Sabina Chege was today cut down to size when she was booed at home for disparaging the DP. Forcing her to cry! THE HUSTLER NATION IS REAL. Tribalism aside! A nation of Kenyans minus the dynasties. The die is cast…” Khalwale wrote on his official twitter handle.
Ms Chege however responded to Khalwale denying that she was heckled during the embrace rally.
“I wish you were in Muranga, no one was heckled and it was a beautiful event,” she said.
The rally was also attended Women Representatives Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Fatuma Gedi (Wajir) Likoni MP Mishi Mboko, Rachel Shebesh among other leaders.
While ditching Ruto last week, Echesa said that Kenyan politics had gone tribal hence he decided to throw his weight behind ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi.
“I cannot be a supporter of another person. If anyone wants, he or she should come and sit with Mudavadi together with us so that we can form government together,” he said amid cheers.
Before Echesa, it was Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonka who was the first to bolt out of the team Tanga Tanga.
Onyonka who spoke at a burial ceremony in Kisii County declared his support for the handshake, saying the DPs camp is ‘a hotbed of and graft.’
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Tanga TangaDeputy President Dr William Ruto