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Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru joins Ruto's UDA

By Betty Njeru | October 26th 2021

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has officially joined the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

The Governor's communication confirmed the move to The Standard after Waiguru met Deputy President Wiliam Ruto at his Karen residence in Nairobi on Tuesday morning.

Governor Waiguiru allayed she made the decision based on her constituents’ needs saying she had sought intervention before concluding.

“I have asked if it is betrayal if I moved? But the message I have gotten is that you must be careful to stay relevant in politics. The people are the ones who decide for you. When they decide you stand, you will do it.  And the people of Kirinyaga have spoken,” she noted.

“Sisi tumeamua, tumevuka. (We have shifted allegiance),” the Kirinyaga county chief added. 

Waiguru was accompanied by a section of Kirinyaga MCAs to the meeting. 

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru at Wanguru Stadium, Kirinyaga County. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

She had in September this year hinted at seeking re-election on a UDA ticket.

Addressing a roadside gathering at Thiba area in Mwea, Kirinyaga County on September 22, the county chief posed “Which political party do you want me to seek re-election on?", to which the majority chanted "UDA".

Waiguru further posed to the crowd, “If I vie on that party ticket, will you re-elect me come 2022?”

But her defection from Jubilee was and warmup to UDA was only a matter of time, with the county chief alleging frustrations after she raised concerns on Jubilee’s future.

Waiguru’s defection however presents another political battle between her and Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici, who has also expressed interest in vying for the gubernatorial seat on a UDA ticket.

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru (L) with Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen residence, Nairobi. [Standard]

Ngirici is an ally and avid supporter of DP Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions.

Last month, Ngirici said she was happy to welcome Waiguru to UDA after the governor said she was open to working with the Ruto-linked party ahead of 2022.

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