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Waiguru declares interest to oust Kirinyaga Governor

Mike Ratemo

Former Devolution Cabinet secretary Anne Waiguru has officially taken the gauntlet to join elective politics and chosen Kirinyaga County as her point of entry after abandoning her earlier plans to contest for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat.

Waiguru made the announcement at TNA headquarters in Nairobi on Friday when she was issued with the Golden Membership Certificate by party-Secretary-General Onyango Oloo. The document certifies her a TNA member.

The former CS said she will disclose her preferred seat of contention soon. Hinting that she would go for the Kirinyaga governor seat, she challenged women to vie for similar positions as she expressed dismay that there currently is no no woman holding the post. Waiguru said she opted for Kirinyaga following pleas by residents in the region to serve them . “When your people are in need of you, can you turn your back on them?” she asked.

“A lot of consultations have taken place. If you remember right from Nairobi, it started with a request by a group of women and thereafter I have had consultations with various people. It is good to start from where you came from and that is why I want to vie in Kirinyaga,” she added.

Waiguru promised Kirinyaga residents development-oriented leadership devoid of corruption and negative ethnicity. During the meeting at TNA headquarters, Waiguru further emphasised the importance of women taking up leadership roles in various posts within the government despite the many hurdles they may face.

“The women in the Senate and National Assembly have done quite a lot. I was the Minister for Gender in this country and I know that they pulled together. I think one of our biggest hindrances are the men,” she said.

Oloo clarified that the Golden Membership Certificate issued to Waiguru is not tantamount to endorsement from the party, adding that it is usually awarded to individuals who pay Sh1 million for membership. “The party advocates for free and fair nominations devoid of favouritism.

I urge all aspirants in the polls to pull up their socks as the party will only accept a deserving candidate,” he said. Waiguru was accompanied by politicians Winfred Mutua and Fridah Wangui, who also joined the party in readiness for next year’s polls.

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