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Kirinyaga women rep aspirant takes county by storm

Her campaign slogan, 'A Kirinyaga where Women, the Marginalized, PLWD and the Youth are empowered through sustainable development', has become etched in the minds of her supporters who say the aspirant spares no effort to reach a cross-section of Kirinyaga society.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSunday, 20 Nov 2016 17:26 EAT

Ms Purity Wangui Kuria-Ngirici

Businesswoman Purity Wangui Kuria-Ngirici (popularly known as Wangui) is sweeping Kirinyaga County with an unprecedented air, land and cyber campaign to become the women representative at the 2017 general elections. The aspirant who is a daughter-in-law of the late billionaire spymaster James Kanyotu, has campaigned in a manner the county was not accustomed to before - driving to literally every corner of Kirinyaga, arriving at other venues by air, and campaigning among women, the youth, elders, musicians and even prisoners.

Her campaign slogan, 'A Kirinyaga where Women, the Marginalized, PLWD and the Youth are empowered through sustainable development', has become etched in the minds of her supporters who say the aspirant spares no effort to reach a cross-section of Kirinyaga society. The campaign has been marked by the investment of substantial financial resources that have panicked even the current women representative Winnie Karemi.

Early this month, Wangui sponsored a free medical camp at Kamucege Primary School in Mwea, the third such initiative after prior ones at Kibingoti in Ndia and Githure in Gichugu. More than 10,000 people turned up and all were attended to, with the main services available being deworming, cancer screening, issuance of wheelchairs and general consultation. Some of the patients got referrals to other hospitals in Kirinyaga and beyond, even though such referrals are not financed by her.

While Wangui faces three other contenders, what makes her even more lethal in the upcoming race is her linking up with another powerlady in the name of former CS for devolution Anne Waiguru, who is running for governor. She will be facing incumbent Karemi, Kirinyaga County Assembly Speaker Anne Githinji and Rose Muguchu, a retired teacher who is currently a well recognised rice farmer in Mwea.

Ms Karemi, being part of the current office bearers, is facing opposition from a wide section of the population who say her leadership has been low-key. The MP for Gichugu Njogu Barua, who was recently appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta as coordinator of Jubilee Presidential Campaigns Kirinyaga, has convened a meeting of all MCA aspirants this coming Friday 25 November at Kutus.

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