POLITICS

MP Wangui Ngirici Abandons the UDA, Dealing a Blow to Ruto

Purity Wangui Ngirici, a Kirinyaga Woman Representative, has finally left Deputy President William Ruto’s UDA party, alleging favoritism, after weeks of rumors.

The MP announced that she would run for the Kirinyaga governor’s seat as an independent candidate on Wednesday evening in Mwea, where she provided meals to villagers.

“I will not support any political party in 2022. I want to run for governor as an individual, and I am convinced that I will be elected “Ngirici said.

Despite being one of the party’s primary founders and financiers, she chastised UDA leaders for “handling her terribly.”

Ngirici accused UDA authorities of favoring her opponent, Governor Anne Waiguru, and raised concerns that if she stayed in the party, she would be cheated out of the party’s primary.

“When I arrived at the headquarters, officials attempted to persuade me to abandon my gubernatorial aspirations in favor of running for the Mwea parliamentary seat on a UDA ticket. They were determined to put an end to my dream, therefore I refused “she said

“Do you expect nominations to be free and fair if UDA authorities encourage me to run for a junior seat?”

On October 26, DP Ruto asked Waiguru and Ngirici to compete for the UDA ticket fairly and squarely.

The DP was making his first trip to the county since Waiguru joined his group.

Ruto reassured the two that the UDA party’s flagbearer would be chosen by the people.

The DP promised all players free and fair nominations after an impassioned plea.

“I can tell you that the voters will select who deserves to run for the UDA ticket. “I will guarantee that nominations are open, fair, democratic, and verifiable,” said DP Ruto.

Ngirici has been unsettled since Waiguru pledged her commitment to DP Ruto, to the point that she vowed to concentrate only on her gubernatorial campaign.

Despite being a latecomer, the County MP raised reservations about the way Waiguru was warmly received and handled by party leaders.