BY MWANAHABARI REPORTER
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has been – and still is – a staunch supporter of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.
However, going by her recent remarks while appearing on Citizen TV on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, one can only conclude that something interesting is cooking – and it’s only a matter of time before it is served to the Kenyan populace.
Appearing on TV, the Kirinyaga governor who has spent many months of her leadership firefighting, made it clear that Jubilee has lost its spark in Mt Kenya region due to bad leadership – and that it may not be the political vehicle of the future if changes are not made to save the ship.
“The truth of the matter is that defending my seat if the polls were held today would be very difficult, and that is the truth of the matter, unless something changes in Jubilee,” the Kirinyaga governor said.
Adding: “If I ran today on a Jubilee ticket and someone else ran on a different party, even if people felt I had performed , it would be hard to convince them to vote for me.”
She has made it clear that defending her seat on Jubilee ticket if the polls were held today would be very difficult – and which is why she is leaving her door open.
Waiguru’s sentiments come just days after she complained of planned harassment by the Ethics And Anti-Corruption Officials (EACC).
It’s possible Waiguru is speaking in open retaliation to the alleged ‘attack’ by the alleged forces she claims are in government to frustrate her. Still, one thing is clear, she is ready to do anything to salvage her political career even if it means ditching the sinking Jubilee ship.
“We need to figure out where we went wrong so we do not find ourselves in such a situation again as it affects all of us.”
“Jubilee needs to look internally at its issues in order to be acceptable to the people of Mt Kenya. Jubilee has a lot of work in revamping the party and we need to do it fairly fast, revamping the party and resonating with the people and giving the party back to the people,” said Waiguru who did not disclose whether she would join DP William Ruto’s party UDA.
Asked whether she would consider UDA, Waiguru said: “I don’t think it’s the right time to have that conversation. I can’t say I would, I can’t say I would not. This is politics, it’s unlikely but a bit early. Let’s see what the ground looks like.”
She said she was spending time on the ground listening to what the people want, noting that one needs to be careful to make the right decision to survive politically.