Former Tharaka Nithi Governor Samwel Ragwa has announced that he will run for Senate in the 2022 General Election.
Former Governor Samwel Ragwa has announced that he will run for Senate in the 2022 General Election.
The announcement puts to rest widespread speculation that Mr Ragwa has been contemplating vying for governorship to recapture the seat he lost to Governor Muthomi Njuki.
Ragwa, a former administrator at Chogoria Mission Hospital and the Meru Level 5 Hospital, yesterday dispelled rumours that he was planning to unseat Governor Njuki.
"I have been governor and I perfectly understand the challenges that they face, and I want to fight for their interest at the Senate,” said Ragwa.
Ragwa said he had gained experience after serving as governor, and was better placed to represent the county in the Senate where he can lobby for more development funds.
He said his decision was informed by the wishes of the people and the fact that the governor’s seat had attracted too many candidates.
“I have seen that many people want to be governor. I have decided to let them be governor and get to know how it feels. But because now I have experience and exposure and I understand where the money from counties comes from, I want to unify the county as senator.”
Senator Kindiki Kithure is among those who have expresses interest in the governor's seat in 2022.
Chuka University Vice-Chancellor Erastus Njoka is also said to be under pressure from Njuri Ncheke and a number of professionals to run for governornorship.
National Museum of Kenya Director Mzalendo Kibunja's name has also been mentioned.