Speaking on Wednesday, September 22, in Mwea, during the handover of a tomato greenhouse plant that is set to benefit the Mwihiko-Jericho tomato growing farmers group, the governor said she was optimistic that Kirinyaga residents will vote for her due to her development record.
“My sister whom I trounced in 2017 should know that the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat is already filled in 2022,” Waiguru said in an apparent reference to Martha Karua.
The embattled County chief further asked Karua, to be content with being the spokesperson for the Mount Kenya Unity Forum if she wants to actively remain in the political scene after the much-awaited 2022 General Election.
“Let her continue serving the responsibility she was accorded as a spokesperson for that caucus,” she added.
It is understood that in 2017, Waiguru fought her heart out to clinch the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat after a cutthroat competition from Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua.
So fierce was the contest that it had to be settled at the Supreme Court. To date Karua has never conceded defeat, saying she lost unfairly.
With barely 10 months to the General Election, the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat has attracted more formidable competitors with deep pockets, coming amid new political dynamics.
Apart from Martha Karua, Kirinyaga Woman Rep Purity Ngirici has also thrown her hat in the ring, so is Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and Ambassador Robinson Njeru Githae.
As the Kirinyaga county race hots up, Waiguru sensed defeat should she vie on a Jubilee ticket something that prompted her to announce that she will be seeking her reelection on a UDA ticket.
“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.