Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has expressed her reservations about the implementation of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), saying that it has been hijacked.
Waiguru faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s allies for failing to involve all the stakeholders.
She accused a five-member team that has been selected to spread the BBI gospel in the Mt Kenya region of misleading the President.
The former Devolution Cabinet Secretary suggested that the team led by Kirinyaga Senator Charles Kibiru was too weak to carry out the task.
Speaking to the Standard, Waiguru said such a process should be spearheaded by more influential political figures.
She also said she was not invited to the meeting that appointed Kibiru and the four other politicians.
Asked whether she would continue supporting the BBI, Waiguru said she was currently busy fulfilling her promises to the people of Kirinyaga.
The county chief sees Kibiru as a threat to her political career, as he could exploit his new mandate to launch his gubernatorial bid. Kibiru won the Kirinyaga senatorial seat as an independent candidate, but he actively participates in Jubilee Party affairs.
When Kirinyaga Ward representatives removed Waiguru last year, the senator unsuccessfully tried to mobilise the Senate to uphold the impeachment.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports indicate that the governor could join Deputy President William Ruto’s camp as a result of alleged frustrations by Mt Kenya politicians close to the President.
Although the rumours have been doing the rounds on social media for over a week now, she has yet to deny or confirm them.
Last September, Waiguru’s husband, Kamotho Waiganjo, said the DP Ruto-allied “Hustlers’ Nation” was very popular in the villages.
The lawyer said he had initially rubbished the ‘Hustlers’ narrative, but after speaking to many Kenyans he realised that the philosophy, which basically inspires low income earners to hope for a better future, was selling very well.
“Confession: I am one of those who dismissed the “hustler” narrative. Surely Kenyans are wiser, I thought. Been in the villages for a couple of days. I am less dismissive…and that’s all I’m gonna say about that,” he said.
“For the unequivocal record, I am no part of the hustler narrative. I know better. I’ve been around a long time. In any event, I suspect it’s skin deep. Just do not dismiss it. In the meantime, Do not pigeonhole me.”