May 27th 2017

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Kabogo comeback raises stakes in battle with Waititu that transcends Jubilee nominations

The Kabogo/Waititu war that reached its climax with the governorship nomination, but its skirmishes are far from over. After initially conceding defeat, the governor has announced today that he is considering his political options and cannot rule out running as an independent candidate.

By Julliet Mwihakijmwihaki@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 04 May 2017 10:31 EAT

Kiambu governorship nominee Ferdinand Waititu.

Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu is not resting on his laurels even after defeating the indefatigable Kiambu governor William Kabogo for the Jubilee Party nomination. Mr Waititu says he intends to "weed out" all allies of the governor from the establishment ranks in Kiambu County, a campaign in which he has realised significant success.

The Kabogo/Waititu war that began long before Jubilee nominations might have reached its climax with the governorship nomination but its skirmishes are far from over. After initially conceding defeat, the governor has announced today that he is considering his political options and cannot rule out running as an independent candidate.

Among the main casualties in the county's parliamentary primaries were key allies of Mr Kabogo, led notably by the women representative in the National Assembly Anne Nyokabi. Ms Nyokabi, who is also a cousin of President Uhuru Kenyatta, was floored by Waititu's ally, Kameme FM journalist Gathoni Muchomba who won the Jubilee nod with 404,290 votes against her rival's 28,874. 

In Ruiru constituency, Kabogo ally Isaac Mwaura (ODM nominated MP) lost to businessman Ng’ang’a King’ara, a Waititu supporter, 10,900 votes to 4632 votes. The same situation was witnessed in Githunguri where MP Njoroge Baiya lost to Kago wa Lydia who is also a supporter in the campaign of Waititu, together with Jonah Mburu who won the MP Jubilee nominations in Lari.

Thika MP Alice Ng’ang’a, an enthusiastic supporter of Waititu's, garnered 15,880 votes while her rival Patrick Wainaina got 14,731, with Morris Mburu placing third at 3,127 votes. Ms Ng'ang'a was the face of the women resistance to Kabogo in Kiambu.

Among Kabogo's allies, his in-law Wanjiru Kibe clinched the Jubilee ticket for Gatundu North seat, winning 10,169 votes against incumbent Kigo Njenga's 9,589. The slim margin has left sour taste in the mouths of many voters in the region, with foul play alleged.

Since winning the nomination, Waititu has pledged that he "will not allow people to go around campaigning about why those who lost were not voted". Even after saying that he will work together with Kabogo to build Kiambu County Waititu is determined to ensure that he kicks out all those who support Kabogo.

This week, Mr Waititu has added Limuru parliamentary nominee Peter Mwathi to the list of Kabogo-allied politicians he wants kicked out. It remains to be seen whether the governor-in-waiting will campaign against a Jubilee Party candidate in the general elections. The fact is that the Kabogo/Waititu is not yet over, whether Kabogo runs as independent or not.

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