Battle lines have been drawn as the race for Kirinyaga governorship seat enters the home stretch with the clearance of all the candidates for the seat by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
It is Waiguru’s clearance, however, that threw into county into frenzy with thousands of her supporters thronging the streets to salute her after she received the certificate.
Upon receiving her certificate, Waiguru, accompanied by her running mate Peter Mangiti, traversed Kirinyaga Central and Mwea Constituencies.
In her roadside addresses in Kerugoya, Kagumo, Kagio and Mwea, the former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru promised to effect changes in the county systems to ensure an improvement in the living standards of the residents.
The former Devolution Cabinet Secretary, who has anchored her campaign on development called on the residents to elect leaders who are committed to bettering their living standards and shun those who are just seeking political relevance.
She noted that the path to transform Kirinyaga has kicked off, adding that she has already met with Deputy President William Ruto to discuss ways of addressing pressing issues in the county.
“The journey to move Kirinyaga to greater heights has kicked off. Just days after winning the nominations, we held a meeting with Deputy President William Ruto and asked the government to facilitate the issuance of title deeds and solve the issue of water shortage in Kirinyaga,” she said.
Other issues discussed in the meeting with DP Ruto were the commencement of Mwea dam and the setting aside of a budget for the compensation of families located along the route where canals will pass through.
Waiguru’s promise to Kirinyaga
And in her addresses, Waiguru said that as governor she will give priority to the construction of the Mwea dam, while also promising to support small and medium businesses and create an environment that would improve trade and investment.
She said she would revamp the dilapidated Kerugoya market and stop the selling of stalls at Kagumo market, which is being done by the current administration.
Waiguru further noted that she will meet the business community in Kagumo and other areas to discuss and seek solutions to their concerns.
Waiguru vowed to begin the expansion of Kagio market in order to accommodate more traders, improvement of the road network to ease the movement of goods to the market, and creation of empowerment programmes for the youth, men and women.
She also promised to look into the issue of business permits and create favourable policies that will encourage investment in the county.
She urged the residents to vote for Jubilee candidates, noting that only they understand the Jubilee manifesto which is the basis of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election campaign.
“We need to turn out and vote for Jubilee candidates on August 8; from President to Governor, Senator, MP, Women Representative and MCAs. This will give President Uhuru Kenyatta the numbers he needs in Parliament and Council of Governors to effectively implement the Jubilee manifesto when he wins the elections,” she said.
[Photos courtesy of Team Waiguru]