A section of women from Kirinyaga County have endorsed Governor Anne Waiguru to be Deputy President William Ruto's running mate during the August 9 polls.
Speaking under the aegis of Kirinyaga People's Forum, the women said among those being fronted for the running mate position in the United Democratic Alliance and Kenya Kwanza Alliance, Waiguru was the most suitable candidate.
The women said Waiguru has the academic, credentials , experience and energy to work for the nation as the Deputy President.
They cited Huduma Centres, Ifmis system and unmatched development projects that Waiguru had implemented in the country and in Kirinyaga as reason enough for the nation to trust her for the job.
"During her tenure as the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution, Waiguru implemented life changing programs that continue to touch lives of all Kenyans. Talk of the Huduma Centres, talk of Ifmis and the slum upgrading projects, Waiguru is best candidate for the running mate position," said Caroline Muriithi, the Forum Secretary.
The group further said so as to help bridge the gender equity gap, the DP Ruto should consider a woman as his mate.
“We know our DP Ruto is committed to issues of gender equality and we now ask him to consider our daughter Waiguru as his number two because she has all it takes to be a Deputy President and as women we also want to be fully represented in government,” said Rebecca Muriithi, a member of the group.
Meanwhile governor Waiguru says that she would readily accept to be Ruto’s running mate if he nominates her.
Waiguru who has been fronted by various quarters as one of the most suitable candidates to deputize Ruto also said that such nomination would be a great step towards achieving gender parity in the country.
“It would be great honor to deputize William Ruto and if he saw it fit that I would complement him and support him, I would accept it,” she said.
She however pointed out that even as such a move is awaited, her focus at the moment is entirely on Kirinyaga where she is defending her gubernatorial seat.
She said that increasing women participation in politics is a step towards the achievement of 30 percent women representation and there has to be deliberate efforts by leaders to offer opportunities for women to participate.
She said the currently presidential contenders should take deliberate measures of choosing women running mates if Kenya is to make steps towards diluting the stereotypes that have kept women from moving upwards.
Added Waiguru “ there has to be a lot of civic education to change the perception of voters towards voting for women but unfortunately there is no time for this as general elections are just around the corner”.
On Mt. Kenya politics, the governor said Ruto still commanded the majority following while Raila’s popularity keeps on diminishing.
“We have looked at the trends and the people of Mt. Kenya are not changing. If anything, they are increasing their support for the UDA and its Leader , William Ruto ,” said Waiguru.
She said Raila’s campaigns in the mountain region has no impact since majority of voters had already made up their minds to support Ruto.
She pointed out that President Uhuru’s support for Raila’s candidature had cost the latter more votes since Kenyans perceive Raila as “a project that was being imposed on them.”
“He has also lost ground to UDA in many areas where he previously enjoyed support” said Waiguru citing the Western, Ukambani and the Coast where the Deputy President has garnered increased support base.
She said even though UDA was a relatively new party, it had now come of age and has proven to have the capacity of running its affairs professionally which was demonstrated in the recently conducted nominations which had very minimal instances of dissatisfaction.
“That speaks of the organizational skills of our party leader which others should emulate,” she concluded.