KNA The recent endorsement of Nyandarua Woman Representative Faith Gitau for 2022 gubernatorial seat, has sent ripples among the aspirants for the seat.
United Democratic Alliance (UDA), led by Deputy President William Ruto, on Sunday endorsed Ms. Gitau, to face off with current governor, Francis Kimemia, in a contest that now has 10 persons eyeing the top seat.
Several MPs accompanying the DP during the homecoming ceremony for the Rurii ward UDA Member of the County Assembly, Sammy Muraya, on Sunday rallied support for Gitau, saying that she was better placed to replace Kimemia.
Kimemia, who has been criticized for underdevelopment by his opponents, will also face former governor, Daniel Waithaka Mwangi and former deputy Waithaka Mwangi Kirika, who have been wooing supporters.
Unsuccessful candidates for the seat in 2017 Peter Gathimba, who was sports executive in the County; Dr. Simon Kanyingi, Moses Kiarie Badilisha and former Nyandarua County secretary, Kanja Muchina, also hope to wade in the mucky waters.
Nyandarua speaker, Ndegwa Wahome, who has been challenging Kimemia’s administration, Former Nairobi mayor, John Ndirangu and a manager with Absa Bank Njoroge Muchiri, also stand out as a key contestants.
During the Rurii homecoming gathering, among those who urged Ms Gitau to go for the County’s chief executive post included Didmus Barasa (Kimilili) Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) and former Senator Isaac Mwaura.
The platform offered some of the aspirants, including former governor, Dr. Kanyingi and Njoroge to share their aspirations with the public.
Ruto, who led the delegation, did not talk about Gitau’s gubernatorial candidature but praised leaders from Mt Kenya who have opted to work with him describing them as “selfless and concerned with their peoples’ welfare than their own interest.”