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Vocal DP Ruto’s ally ditches UDA party for Jubilee ahead of 2022 general elections

Damaris Wambui Waiganjo has rejoined the ruling party less than 24 hours after defecting to the Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

On Sunday evening, May 23, 2021 the former Jubilee aspirant for the Kiambaa parliamentary seat announced her come back to the ruling party.

Speaking during a press briefing at Elysian resort in Nairobi County, Waiganjo claimed that she had acted out of anger after losing the nominations phase to Karanja Kariri Njama.

“However, after soul searching, advice from supporters and political mentors, I have decided to withdraw my yesternight’s remarks and remain in the Jubilee party and continue to support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ideas,” Waiganjo stated.

She was flanked by BBI secretariat co-chairman Dennis Waweru and Kiambu Governor James Nyoro during her announcement.

The former Kiambaa parliamentary aspirant pledged to support the Jubilee party in the upcoming Kiambaa and Muguga by-election.

A section of political leaders allied to DP Ruto read malice in the press briefing, alleging that she was intimidated to withdrawing her remarks.

“Damaris, a Jubilee candidate who feels she was rigged out of its nominations in Kiambaa, endorsed UDA. Here she is today recanting her statement flanked by Waweru (BBI) and Nyoro governor. She didn’t finish her statement before she burst out crying! poor lady. She cites intimidation,” Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata stated.

This is after she had previously appeared at UDA offices and pledged her allegiance to UDA candidate, John Njuguna Wanjiku. 

“To my dear followers, I have been chased out at the eleventh hour, I have no place to go, I cannot come and vie and ask to represent you because the timelines have been closed. 

“We are in the 21st century, I cannot go to some people who have no ideas, no plans, no agendas, and explain to them what I want to do,” Waiganjo stated.

The by-elections for Kiambaa set for Thursday, July 15, 2021 has attracted interest for both Jubilee and UDA parties which have fielded their candidates in a bid to claim supremacy within Kiambu County.

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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