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Monday, 10 Jul 2017 14:21 EATlmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
The two Kirinyaga gubernatorial front runners Martha Karua and Ann Waiguru tore into the nerves of each other last night when they were interviewed separately on Citizen TV. The two iron ladies however appeared ready to square it out and welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s position during his recent visit to the county where he failed to endorse any of them.
Ms Waiguru said that most voters in the region are youths and so they need a person who is young and vigorous as she put Ms Karua’s age as a campaign platform against her. She said Ms Karua joined politics in the 1990s compared to her who joined the field last year.
Ms Karua however hit back saying she was more experienced after being in the field for long noting that her development record is out to sell her development agenda.
The residents of the region have given the two iron ladies different names according to their “age”. Ms Waiguru has been nicknamed “minji minji” a Kikuyu word meaning peas because they are ever fresh and soft upon consumption. While Ms Karua has been nicknamed “ndengu” a Swahili word meaning green gram which is largely used by her opponents. But her supporters refer her as “maua” a Swahili word meaning flower in reference to her party symbol.
Ms Waiguru being a Jubilee candidate in the region has left many people surprised after president remained neutral in endorsing any of them. “If Kenyatta endorsed me and it happens I win the elections as the governor, this would have brought up issues. Am happy that he remained neutral”. Ms Waiguru said.
“I salute the president for remaining neutral and also fulfilling his promise of supporting us despite being in Narc Kenya”. Ms Karua said. The president said that in case any of them losses, the loser will get a place in his government. The question remains, will the county voters adopt the six piece method now that the field has been leveled between the two front runners?
If the outcome of last night TV interview is anything to go by, then the six piece approach has been buried by President Kenyatta’s position to let the voters make their decision.
However, how the two candidates will share the votes from the four zones is yet to be seen. The three sub counties; Kirinyaga Central holds 76,021 votes, Ndia 66,083, and Mwea 122,308 are up for grabs while Gichugu constituency where Ms Waiguru, Ms Karua and incumbent Joseph Ndathi come from has 85,352 votes and the three will share the votes.