While less than two months to the August 8 elections, political landscapes are shifting and realignments being witnessed in various parts of the country.
In Kirinyaga, the shifts in political bases seem to favour Jubilee candidate Anne Waiguru who over the weekend received endorsements from former Gichugu MP Bernard Kathanga and a rival in the race Reuben Ndegwa.
Ndegwa, who was Governor Joseph Ndathi’s running mate in Jubilee nominations, had decided to run for the seat on a Democratic Party (DP) after losing to Anne Waiguru in the nominations, before making an about-turn dropping out and endorsing Waiguru.
His move comes amidst calls by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for aspirants who lost in the Jubilee nominations to support those who won.
Speaking in Eldoret over the weekend, Ruto said that Jubilee government will have many positions for those who lost in the nominations adding that their decision to run as independent candidates is self-defeating.
“Those who lost in the nominations should not run against those who defeated them. We need to put a united front and that involves those who lost supporting those who won,” he said.
“Like we have said before, Jubilee will have very many positions in government for those who lost in the nominations.”
Push for six-piece vote
The former Devolution Cabinet Secretary also enjoys the backing of other Jubilee candidates who have vowed to mobilise their supporters to cast a six-piece vote on August 8 to ensure Jubilee party has majority in the Council of Governors, Parliament and County Assembly.
In a meeting presided over by Ms Anne Waiguru on Saturday, the candidates further vowed to launch spirited campaigns in every part of Kirinyaga to ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta gets every vote in the county.
On Sunday, Ms Waiguru joined hundreds of worshipers at ACK Gatunguru in Gichugu Constituency.
Ms Waiguru is battling it out with Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua and the incumbent Joseph Ndathi, who is running as an independent candidate, for the governorship seat.