Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Mumbi Waiguru has opened up revealing that defending her gubernatorial seat on a Jubilee ticket if the elections were held today would be a tough one for her unless otherwise.
Speaking earlier today on Citizen Television, the one time governor noted that unless party issues are addressed and the political outfit revamped ahead of 2022, she would be defeated by a wave if she sticks with Jubilee Party as it is today.
Waiguru noted that despite being popular in the Mt Kenya region, defending the County top seat on a Jubilee ticket would be a long shot.
“The truth of the matter is that defending my seat, if the polls were held today, would be very difficult, and that is the truth of the matter, Jubilee needs to look internally at its issues in order to be acceptable to the people of Mt Kenya,” Waiguru stated.
The former Devolution Cabinet Secretary claimed that the ruling party had fallen out with the people from the Mountain, and the only way out of the mess was to carry out reforms immediately.
“If I ran today on a Jubilee ticket and someone else ran on a different party, even if people felt I had performed, it would be hard to convince them to vote for me.”
On joining the hustler team championed by Deputy President William Ruto, Waiguru did not rule it out, but noted that she was taking her time currently to enable her make the right decision by giving her people what they wanted.
“For now, I am spending time on the ground listening to what the people want. One needs to be careful to make the right decision to survive politically. I am asking my people which ‘vehicle’ to use to secure my seat,” she added.
Waiguru also insisted on defending her gubernatorial seat in the coming general election to enable her continue with development for the people, while adding that being a running mate is not one of her options.
The County chief was not perturbed about her recent summons by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), stating that the same people who sponsored an impeachment motion against her but failed, are the ones behind the summons.
“The same people behind my impeachment are the same people behind the summons to EACC,” she stated.
“In the last one year, my county has had over 250 summons to EACC. The information EACC wants they can get even without summoning me.”
On the fall out between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto, Waiguru called on the leaders to find a way of avoiding such instances in the future.
“To be in a position where the President and his DP are not working together is unfortunate. We need to figure out where we went wrong so we do not find ourselves in such a situation again as it affects all of us,” she remarked.