Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru made a triumphant entry into Kibra constituency, Nairobi County, to join ODM leader Raila Odinga in drumming up support for the party’s candidate in the November 7 by-election. She was given a heroic welcome by the slum dwellers, stamping for her former enemy in what has been billed as a dress rehearsal for the 2022 General Election, in which Deputy President William Ruto is determined to succeed his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Several years ago, former Prime Minister Odinga took Waiguru, the former Devolution Cabinet Secretary, to task over the looting of billions of shillings from the National Youth Service, which was under her docket. She then sued Odinga but they would later reconcile after the 9th March, 2018 handshake between President Kenyatta and the ODM leader that has calmed down the then raging political storm.
On Sunday, Waiguru said ODM’s Bernard Okoth Imran’s candidature in Kibra, was a unifying factor in line with the Kenyatta-Odinga deal. She urged members of her Gikuyu community to vote for Imran to a man.
To drive her message home, Waiguru switched to her mother tongue, Kikuyu.
“Andu aitu mwanyona haha mumenye thirikari nginya munene e haha na Imran ni turahe kura (My presence here means that the government including the boss (Uhuru) is here and it is Imran we will vote for), ” Waiguru said.
Her sentiments were echoed by Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru and other politicians from Mt Kenya region.
The Kibra by-election has pitted the politicians supporting the handshake and the yet to be unveiled Building Bridges Initiative against those backing DP William Ruto and the Jubilee candidate, former international soccer star McDonald Mariga.
Others rallying behind Imran include Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, and her Machakos and Makueni counterparts, Alfred Mutua and Kivutha Kibwana, respectively.