Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has started his 2022 Presidential campaign preparationsas he sets his eyes on a higher goal after serving the constitutionally allowed 2-terms as county boss.
The outspoken governor launched campaign vehicles branded in red, black, and green colours on Wednesday, August 11 with slightly under one year left to the next General Election.
The Governor, who is a member of the Jubilee Party hopes to succeed his party leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta who will be retiring in 2022.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands the former MP intends to vie for the country’s top seat under the Ukweli Party ticket, and not Jubilee.
“There is nothing that will bar me from going for this seat and even if I fail the first time, I will keep trying my luck,” the Murang’a Governor said during the launch.
The Ukweli Party, he said, will also be fielding candidates to fill various elective positions in the country. He first announced his presidential bid in January 2020.
While announcing his bid, the governor stated that Muranga region had supported Kiambu(President Uhuru) and Nyeri(President Kibaki), hence it is their time to also shine.
“I have been a governor for 10 years, a quality that the others do not have. I will be there in 2022 and I will fight for the seat as they fight. If I am defeated then I will concede and If I win then they should concede,” Mwangi Wa Iria said.
Before kicking off his presidential campaigns, Mwangi Wa Iria had previously locked horns with National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, who has also declared interest in the seat.
In May, there was a push and pull between Wa Iria and Muturi, after the speaker was coronated as the Mt. Kenya spokesperson.
Wa Iria and a section of other Mt. Kenya Governors opposed the crowning of the speaker at the Mukurwe Wa Nyagathanga shrine in Murang’a county.
After the successful coronation of Muturi, the Governor held a cleansing ceremony at the shrine in what was an obvious show of political might.