Kirinyaga Woman Representative Purity Ngirici on Wednesday, September 8, welcomed County Governor Ann Waiguru to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
This is after Waiguru, a close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta, allayed fears that she might fail to defend her seat if she vies on a Jubilee party ticket come 2022.
Ngirici, who is also eyeing the Kirinyaga Gubernatorial seat in 2022 under the UDA party, welcomed Waiguru to the party nominations where they would square it out.
The Woman Representative previously stated that she will ensure Deputy President William Ruto, who is associated with the UDA party, gets enough votes from the Mt Kenya region and ultimately win the presidency.
“I’m optimistic that I will defeat the current governor by far, watch this space,” Ngirici stated.
In an interview, governor Waiguru claimed that the ruling party had fallen out with the Mt Kenya people, adding that she needed time to consult residents on which party she should defend her seat.
“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,” Waiguru stated.
She added that she was not interested in being a running mate, rather, wanted to defend her seat.
“Sometimes politicians are elected on the wave of political parties, so you can be swept away despite your good performance by the wave that comes your way.”
Waiguru also stated that she would not rule out working with the DP, but noted that it was a bit too early to engage in the discussion of joining UDA.
“I can’t say I would join UDA or not. You know this is politics, but it is unlikely, it is a bit early. Let us see how the ground looks like,” she stated.