- Ruto urges prospective candidates to exercise restraint, stressing that the party would guarantee open and fair nominations.
- Ann Waiguru and MP Wangui Ngirici have been locked in a bitter political rivalry since Waiguru joined the UDA party, threatening her position in the party.
- A shouting brawl had erupted earlier on Sunday, November 28th, between Governor of Kirinyaga and Ngiric’s fans before of Ruto’s arrival to the county.
The continuing rivalry between Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru and women MP Wangui Ngirici has been avoided by Deputy President William Ruto.
On Sunday, November 28, during a church service in Gichugu constituency, Ruto urged prospective candidates to exercise restraint, stressing that the party would guarantee open and fair nominations when the time came.
“You, the people, will determine who gets what ticket,” Ruto informed his fans, “and I want to stand here and tell you that our party, UDA, will have a free, fair, democratic, and verifiable nomination.”
At the same time, he urged prospective candidates to focus on problems that concern young people rather than inciting riots, as happened earlier on November 28th.
“I want to implore my fellow leaders, each of us, to protect the peace,” he said. “These kids need an employment plan from us; what they don’t need from us is violence; they want us to give a solution for their unemployment.”
The county head, Ann Waiguru, repeated his plea for peace, expressing confidence in the party’s capacity to conduct free and fair nominations.
“As inhabitants of Kirinyaga, we want to state that we are peaceful…..as citizens of Kirinyaga, we want to state that citizens are the ones who determine who will be elected in Kirinyaga, and we do not want violence…
“We have faith in our portion leader to conduct free and fair elections (nomination),” she said.
At the same time, when Wangui Ngirici, a county women delegate, attempted to address the gathering in Gichugu, she was met with hostility, forcing her to stop her speech short.
Ngirici has been questioned about her feelings since Governor Waiguru joined the UDA party, threatening her position in the party.
Ngirici recently voiced her dissatisfaction with the party, stating that she regrets investing so much money to create the party’s presence in the county.
“I don’t want to think about how much it cost me to start the UDA party in Kirinyaga from the ground up, but I’m new to politics and still learning,” Ngirici said.
A shouting brawl had erupted earlier on Sunday, November 28th, between Waiguru and Ngirici’s fans before of Ruto’s arrival to the county. To keep the scene under control, police were sent.
Both Waiguru and Ngirici want to run for governor on a UDA ticket, laying the groundwork for a bruising party primary and a problem for Ruto.