UDA nominees endorse Waiguru
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru says she is ready to take up the mantle of a running mate for Deputy President William Ruto if she is given the opportunity.
Waiguru says she would make the best Deputy President for the country because she has all the qualifications and experience required for such position.
She said she would be honoured if selected as the Kenya Kwanza Alliance running mate ahead of the August polls.
Speaking in Kirinyaga after being endorsed by United Democratic Alliance (UDA) nominees for various political seats, Waiguru however said it was the sole prerogative of Ruto to choose his running mate.
“There has been a conversation in the country where they have mentioned my name as one of the front runners for the position of deputy president, I don't take it for granted, even being mentioned as possible candidate for the position shows the level of confidence and respect that Kenyans have in me, there are many other capable Kenyans," Waiguru said.
She exuded confidence that the Kenya Kwanza Alliance led be Ruto would form the government after August 9 polls.
She said all UDA nominees in Kirinyaga had agreed to work together to deliver a win for Ruto and each of the party candidate in the county.
“By next week we will also open our party offices that will be used to coordinate all our campaign affairs,” the governor said.
Nominees for Senatorial, Women Representative, Members of Parliament (MP) and Member of County Assembly (MCA) seats who attended the meeting said they had unanimously endorsed Waiguru as Ruto's running mate.
James Murango, nominees for the Senator position in Kirinyaga said if Waiguru was to be selected as Ruto's Deputy President, UDA and the voters would find an immediate replacement to ensure the party secures the gubernatorial seat.
“If this was to happens, we have agreed that there will be no vacuum, UDA would still field a gubernatorial candidate, we have many people who are qualified to take up the mantle,” Murango said.
He added: “We have spoken and agreed to humbly request our deputy president William Ruto to consider our daughter Anne Waiguru as his running mate, she has all it takes to perform the duties of a deputy president. She is a hardworking woman and we want women to be part of the next government," he added.
Murango said Kenya has an opportunity of getting closer to addressing the issue of gender parity in women representation by appointing a female running mate.
Other leaders who spoke includes nominees Njeri Maina Women Rep and MCA nominees; Peter Karinga for Tebere Ward .