She first caught the attention of the public when she launched her campaigns for a ‘trivial; seat in a Presidential Magnitude. While the Women Representative seat was not one of the coveted positions in 2017’s election, Purity Wangui Ngirici stole the show when she launched a massive air and land campaign in Kirinyaga to emerge the winner.
Since then, she has been hogging the headlines mainly thanks to her run-ins with Governor Anne Waiguru. At one point, Deputy President William Ruto’s tour of the region was nearly derailed after a row ensued on who was to welcome him.
She has also been named alongside Eldas MP Aden Keynan, Abdihakim Mohamed of Fafi Constituency, Isiolo Woman Representative Rehema Jaldesa have been linked to the sex video of Wajir’s woman rep Fatuma Gedi and even turned down a summon by the DCI.
Ngirici is considered to be a close ally of both Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta. In fact, the chopper she used in the 2017 campaigns was leased from the President.
Born in 1978, she is married businessman businessman Andrew Ngirici, who is said to have ties with the family of former spymaster the late Joseph Kanyotu, and the two are blessed with three children. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from a London University and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Human Resource at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT).
The family has interests in real estate, mining, farming and infrastructure. She also runs several charity programmes in Kirinyaga aimed at uplifting the living standards of women and young people.
She is currently amassing a financial war-chest millions to floor Governor Anne Waiguru in 2022 elections.
Then considered a novice in the county, Waiguru probably had no clear intentions of running for political office until she was hounded out of the powerful Devolution and Planning docket as cabinet secretary in the wake of the National Youth Service billions scandal.
It was then that she reportedly held talks with businessman Andrew Ngirici – the Kirinyaga county MP’s husband – and convinced him to prevail upon his wife to back her for the top slot in the August 8 2017 election.
Waiguru then an influential personality in the corridors of power assured the Ngiricis that she would use her networks to ensure Purity landed the Jubilee ticket in the woman rep race, at the expense of then incumbent Winnie Karimi.
Taking the political scene by storm, Ngirici’s juggernaut put to good use powerful campaign machinery involving the use of top-of-the range vehicles and two choppers besides donating generously in high profile fund raisers.
But after their joint 2017 victory, Waiguru and Ngirici are now reading from two different scripts. Said to be accessible and easy going, the woman rep is credited with giving direction to MCAs she is known to control in entirety.
Ngirici has initiated a number of projects at the grassroots leaving Waiguru in her wake. Of late the woman rep is referred to as “governor in waiting”.
At one point, Waiguru called for the arrest of the Ngiricis after she was heckled at a function presided over by William Ruto in Kerugoya. Addressing journalists at Sagana Blue Hills Hotel, a shocked Waiguru claimed Ngirici had bribed police to arrest her supporters but let free those of the county MP.
Recently, Ngirici stormed a function at Kerugoya Catholic Church where Devolution chief administrative secretary Rachel Shebesh was to roll out Uwezo Fund cheques to 100 women groups.
To Ngirici, even if the petition turns out to be unsuccessful, 2022 will be Waiguru’s moment of reckoning. Her camp claims the governor, aware she cannot defeat Ngirici in 2022, is now busy lobbying and scheming to be DP Ruto’s running mate in 2022.
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