Murang’a County Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has finally let the cat out of the bag revealing that he is being threatened and intimidated to drop his 2022 Presidential bid for an already state sponsored candidate.
Speaking yesterday Monday September 6, 2021, Wa Iria noted that his tour of the neighboring Nyandarua County was halted after his entourage was stopped by the police on the way.
The second term governor went on to state that presidential candidates out of the Central Kenya region were being offered preferential treatment, unlike those from the region like him.
“They blocked the road in Nyandarua stating that I am not supposed to enter Nyanadarua. So the question is, am I a lesser presidential candidate?” Iria posed.
“We had Musalia on Saturday with his entourage. He went around Nyandarua with the governor of Nyandarua. On Sunday we had William Ruto… What is most unfortunate is that my caravan in the same place was stopped,” the governor lamented.
The Murang’a County head added that the other candidates were receiving state protection unlike them, giving an example of ODM leader Raila Odinga and his Amani National Congress counterpart Musalia’s visit of Mt Kenya to having received police escort.
“Raila, Ruto, and Musalia have visited Mt Kenya and received police escort. However, instead of my caravan being escorted, the police were brought to block my caravan. They are being given police escorts to come and pick our votes but when I want to tour my region, I’m not allowed,” Iria added.
Wa Iria alluded that the recent action of the police officers were meant to influence his political standings ahead of the 2022 politics.
“We are being profiled. We are being caged. We are being boxed and our voice is not supposed to be heard,” the governor stated.
The Usawa party leader continued that his name had to be on the ballot in 2022 and would continue with his quest for the Country’s top seat in the next general election.
“I am a presidential candidate. No amount of intimidation, no amount of policemen, no amount of roadblocks will stop me,” Iria stated.
He becomes the second County chief to cry foul of being targeted by the state machinery for expressing interest in the top seat after his Kirinyaga counterpart Anne Waiguru.
The first time Kirinyaga County governor had on Saturday September 4, 2021 noted that she was on the radar after expressing disinterest in reviving the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
“Last time I said …on BBI let me keep quiet a bit…’ immediately, EACC raided my office… Recently I said am ‘… introspecting on the political way forward…’ and again, immediately I get EACC summons, complete with all the subtle threatening inflexibilities… and media alerts on an alleged payment of 52m,” Waiguru stated.