Anne Waiguru to run for Nairobi Governor in 2017 polls – sources

Anne Waiguru to run for Nairobi Governor in 2017 polls - sources

Reports that former Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru is eyeing a grand entrance into the rough and tumble of politics by vying for the Nairobi Governor’s seat have stirred excitement and speculation.

Although the former Devolution Cabinet Secretary is yet to officially declare her interest in the seat, currently held by Dr. Evans Kidero, the signs are pointing to a Waiguru candidature in 2017 as she begins a series of consultative over the weekend meetings in Nairobi.

The man fired by Governor Kidero this week from the environment docket in the Nairobi County Government, Evans Ondieki, has given a strong hint that Waiguru will go for the seat.

On Wednesday, Ondieki said he will back Waiguru, who he insists has all the qualities to replace Kidero.

Waiguru has previously steered clear of the topic telling Citizen TV that she would consult widely before deciding whether to delve into politics.

Waiguru has scheduled a series of consultative meetings with opinion leaders including women groups in Nairobi, starting this weekend. On Saturday, she is expected in Embakasi, where Ondieki is said to be eyeing a Parliamentary seat.

During her stint in Cabinet, Waiguru oversaw the rise of the National Youth Service and crisscrossed the country opening projects targeting the youth and women.

Her increased visibility and perceived closeness with President Uhuru Kenyatta saw her become a vilified target of the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) which claimed her Ministry’s flagship project was riddled with corruption.

When the pressure became too much to bear after the NYS corruption scandal, she called it a day, insisting she was not corrupt and will always hold her head high.

Sources speaking to Citizen TV say the former CS, who asked President Kenyatta to give her lighter duties, is eyeing the post of Nairobi Governor, a high pressure post with high stakes political battles dominating election campaigns.

She appears to be targeting the Jubilee Alliance support base in Nairobi, given that Ferdinand Waititu, who was the representative of the President’s party in the last election, has shifted his political base to Kiambu County.

Ondieki’s support too means that Waiguru will also be targeting voters from the Abagusii community who hold a substantial chunk of voters in the capital city.

This is because Waiguru’s camp has reportedly identified a candidate from the community who was eyeing the gubernatorial seat in 2013 as a potential running mate.

Should she choose to go ahead and vie for the seat of Nairobi Governor in the 2017 polls, the soft spoken but tough minded Waiguru will have ushered in another chapter in her eventful public life.

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