Politics

It Is a women’s Affair In The Kirinyaga Gubernatorial Race

Political contests in the country are getting tough, however, the Kirinyaga gubernatorial is getting tougher with three female big wigs out to see who will call the shots after the August 2022 polls. Incumbent governor Ann Mumbi Waiguru, Kirinyaga women representative Wangui Ngirici, and Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua have all declared their interest to lead the county post-2022.

Besides the three top female contenders, a male touch of interior affairs principal secretary Karanja Kibicho is making Kirinyaga politics one to watch out for.
Narc Kenya party chief Martha Karua will be giving the office another shot after she lost to Waiguru in the 2017 elections and not even her attempts to go to court could salvage her loss. Karua who has been crusading for the unification of the Mount Kenya region enjoys immense support from the locals, in 2017 she garnered 116,626 votes but lost to Waiguru who garnered 115,353 votes.

Waiguru on the other hand will have an uphill task defending her seat after having a shaky time in office in her first term. In 2020 she survived an impeachment which political pundits say was majorly because she was pro-handshake. Waiguru is yet to decide what party she will use to defend her post however grapevine is associating her with deputy president William Ruto’s UDA.
This makes things hard for not just Waiguru but for women representative Wangui Ngirici who has been the face of UDA in the county.

Ngirici has welcomed Waiguru but told her not to expect any special treatment from the party saying in UDA everyone is equal. She is welcome but she understands that she has lost ground in Kirinyaga. “By joining UDA she wants to lose honourably to me. But even as we welcome her, let her know that we are all equal in UDA and she should not expect special treatment or try to seek to be UDA’s ‘deep state’ ,” Ngirichi said.

Besides the three women, Karanja Kibicho who has been a common name in the news will be giving the contenders sleepless nights. Kibicho who is among the top PS in Jubilees cabinet has been rumored to give Waiguru troubles during her time as governor thanks to the office he holds. His mix in the top county job contest will be something to watch out for.

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