Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru has finally agreed to calls to join UDA, a political party heavily associated with Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto.

Her decision comes barely a week after the embattled county chief held a consultative meeting with her political team at a time she was desperately considering to change political camps from the Jubilee party ahead of the 2022 elections.

Speaking in Kirinyaga County on Wednesday, September 22, Waiguru who was pressed to announce her political vehicle ahead of the 2022 General Election agreed to calls by her supporters to join UDA and use it for her re-election.

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru agrees calls to join UDA
Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru has finally agreed to calls to join UDA, a political party heavily associated with Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto.

“Didn’t you hear me say I will do what the people of Kirinyaga will have said… I am asking you, my brothers and sisters, because I have heard you say you will vote me back, what party do you want me to come with?” Waiguru posed as the crowd replied UDA.

Waiguru’s joining UDA plans to change local politics in that she will face Kirinyaga County Women’s Representative Purity Ngirici in party primaries.

Her decision on Ruto-linked political party comes barely two weeks after the embattled county chief said it will be too hard for her to reclaim the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat on a Jubilee ticket.


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“The truth of the matter is that defending my seat if the polls were held today would be very difficult, and that is the truth of the matter unless something changes in Jubilee,” she said.

Since her announcement to ditch President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party, Waiguru has been window shopping for a political vehicle she believes will help her remain in control of the County after the 2022 elections.

On Tuesday, September 14, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka led a delegation of party leaders to Anne Waiguru’s home in an effort to persuade her to join the One Kenya Alliance.

Kalonzo’s meeting with Waiguru happened barely days after ANC deputy Party leader and Lugari MP Ayub Savula accompanied Waiguru to the anti-corruption headquarters where she was grilled by sleuths from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) over the KSh 52 million graft case.