Top Stories / Counties
Monday, 13 Feb 2017 16:38 EATekariuki@kenyafreepress.com
Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu’s Kiambu gubernatorial candidature has received a major boost after four aspirants threw weight behind him and agreed to work out a power sharing formula in an attempt to trounce the incumbent William Kabogo. Mr Waititu on Saturday met James Nyoro, Rev David Kariuki, Aquiline Njoki and John Mugwe and agreed to work together and plan a power sharing agreement before the August 8 polls.
And Mr Waititu, who appeared on Citizen TV's 7 o’clock Swahili news on Sunday, confirmed that the four aspirants had agreed to support him in an agreed power sharing agreement. “It’s true we met as Kiambu gubernatorial aspirants ready to challenge Kabogo and agreed I would be the gubernatorial candidate with other positions being shared. As regards to my running mate, the name would be agreed upon when we finalize ongoing power sharing negotiations”, he said.
And according to Mr Nyoro who participated in the Saturday meeting, their unity will enable Kiambu to reign its former glory. Briefing the press after the Saturday meeting, Waititu said the aspirants agreed to come up with a proper line-up to ensure they clinch the seat .He said the Line-up will be announced to the public later this month when they will address joint campaign rallies. “We are uniting to clinch the seat and form a government to work for residents. Every one of us will have a position in that government," Mr Waititu said.
Members of Parliament from the region including Kigo Njenga (Gatundu North) Jude Njomo (Kiambu) and Alice Nganga (Thika) town attended the meeting and pledged to support the initiative to unite against Mr Kabogo. But in quick rejoinder, Mr Kabogo dismissed the unity, accusing his rivals of trying to pull a “coup”after experiencing heat on the ground.
He rubbished their agenda saying, "I’m happy they are in panic mode and they do not shake me at all instead it gives me courage to soldier on”. With unity against Mr Kabogo, however, Mr Waititu could stand higher chances to clinch the seat.
This is because having formed an alliance with other aspirants, he will gain more support from them as compared to Kabogo who has many rivals accusing him of so many allegations including drug abuse and corruption.