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Bleak Future For Karua As Waiguru Beats Her Yet Again by Courting Raila

Sharp. Articulate. Assertive. Battle-hardened- are some of the adjectives that describe the persona of Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua.

But she is no match for johnny-come-late Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru who has cut a niche as one of the most shrewd female politicians Kenya vaunts. Minji minji unlike Karua reeks of femininity and oozes charm. She dis-empowers with wit and smiles; while Karua intimidates with a no nonsense demeanor.

The two have battled for the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat at the ballot and courts. And even at the Supreme court, Waiguru still emerged victorious.

Martha on the other hand vows to exploit other means in her quest to unseat Mrs. Kamotho. She is also re-branding herself in readiness to challenge other aspirants in 2022.

However, at the national level, her rival is leading the pace by chiseling herself as the ideal leader to succeed Uhuru Kenyatta as the boss of Kikuyus.

This is an affront to Karua, who by contesting the presidency in 2013, and backing Uhuru in 2017, was considering herself the front-runner in the race to inherit Uhuru.

Last week, Waiguru laid bare her ambition by insisting she is ready to take the mantle of leadership if considered in 2022.

She said Mt Kenya region is open to forming a political alliance with Raila Odinga.

The governor who in the past had bitter differences with Raila said a wind of political change has hit Central Kenya throwing open the region’s choice of a presidential candidate in 2022.

“If it is Raila, he should know that the region will want a piece of his government,” Waiguru said. She also did not totally rule out supporting Ruto.

But even as the governor starts charting her political future, the firebrand Karua, according to her confidantes, has equally reached out to Raila and in the coming days she will join the Orange party brigade in championing constitutional changes.

Two weeks ago, a forlorn Karua came to the end of the road for litigation to nullify the gubernatorial election but she vowed the setback was not the end of the road for litigation.

Should she decide to make another stab at the Kirinyaga seat, then Waiguru who is already eyeing the National stakes would be the least of her worries.

Enter the incumbent moneyed woman representative Purity Ngirici who is firmly in William Ruto’s camp.

Ngirici and Waiguru do not see- eye-to-eye and indeed the woman rep was excluded from the governor’s wedding guest list recently. Ruto was also conspicuously missing in the wedding.

As part of her early campaigns, Ngirici has been demanding for audit of all the funds that have been allocated in Kirinyaga county for development since Waiguru took over the reigns.

Her demands came following a video that went round the social media circles showing a sorry state of Kerugoya Hospital.

While speaking to Kirinyaga residents, Ngirici demanded that a report should be done showing the money allocated to the hospital, how it was spent and how much is remaining.

Ngirici and Waiguru have in the recent past had their differences with the governor at one time demanding for Ngirici’s arrest for heckling and hijacking projects.

The two who were friends have been feuding since the campaigns for the 2017 general election after the Jubilee party nominations.

This came after Ngirici declared she would be contesting for the governor seat.

Already, leaders in the county are creating campaign strategies as they prepare to battle it out for the top county seat.

A section of residents in Kirinyaga are drumming up support for Ngirici owing to the projects she has initiated in the county through the National Government Affirmative Action Fund.

According to residents in Kerugoya, Mwea and Kirinyaga Central, Ngirici has uplifted the living standards of locals in the county through the empowerment of women, youth and the elderly.

“Ngirici has drilled boreholes for us and has helped in ensuring the funds for the elderly are disbursed on time,” said John Munene, a resident.

“We have been experiencing delays in the disbursement of bursary funds but Ngirici has been helping the poor by paying fees for needy students,” said Alex Mwaura, a Kerugoya resident.

As such, there is no doubt Waiguru will face an uphill task in defending her seat, given the inroads Ngirici has made.

During the 2017 general election, Uhuru paraded Waiguru and Karua, saying whoever would not sail through as governor would be given a job in government.

Now Waiguru says the populous Mt Kenya region is open to forming a political alliance with Raila ahead of the 2022 elections.

Waiguru, who has had a frosty relationship with Raila, described the Orange Democratic Movement leader as someone who understands the significant role that women play in Kenya’s politics.

The cocky relationship between Raila and Waiguru hit rock bottom in 2016 after the opposition leader linked her to the multimillion shilling scandal at the National Youth Service.

Waiguru who was at the time a powerful minister in charge of Devolution, Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, responded to Raila’s claims with a legal suit which she dropped after their hostilities ended last year following a meeting at the opposition leader’s Nairobi Capitol Hill offices.

The prevailing rapprochement between Raila and Waiguru began in November last year after she withdrew the suit and announced the launch of a new friendship in the interest of national development.

Raila’s political dalliance with Waiguru became even clearer last month after the former PM accompanied Uhuru to the governor’s wedding in Kirinyaga last month.

Waiguru tied the knot with Nairobi lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo in a traditional wedding that was attended by prominent politicians and businessmen.

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