Kagwe names running mate in Nyeri governor race


Senator Mutahi Kagwe (right) with his running mate Njoroge Wainaina. PHOTO: LILLIAN WANJIRU
Senator Mutahi Kagwe (right) with his running mate Njoroge Wainaina. PHOTO: LILLIAN WANJIRU

Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe on Friday named businessman Njoroge Wainaina his running mate in his gubernatorial bid, joining the fray to battle newly-sworn in Governor Wamathai and former MP Ephraim Maina who have also declared interest in the seat.

Senator Kagwe praised Wainaina as man of integrity and a family man who is development oriented, adding he picked him after more than a month of consultations.

During the function attended by hundreds of people, the Nyeri senator urged the Independent and Electoral and Boundaries Commission to vet politicians with dubious certificates to ensure rogue aspirants are kicked out of the August 8 polls.

Wainaina, Kieni MP Kanini Kega’s political rival, had expressed interest to vie for the Kieni parliamentary seat for the second time after losing to Kega in the 2013 General Elections.

The Kieni MP welcomed his rival’s acceptance of the deputy governor ticket, saying they had buried their long-term political rivalry.

Wainaina vowed to ensure that the vast Kieni constituency will be part of the Nyeri government, noting that Kieni has been sidelined by the current county government.

Athi Water Services Board Chairman Wachira Keen, a Kieni resident, welcomed Wainaina’s move saying the team will help scale Nyeri to greater heights

However, a section of Nyeri residents dismissed the team alleging Kagwe’s lack of a development track record claiming he failed to effectively oversight especially when the late Governor Nderitu Gachagua was taken to the Senate to answer queries of misappropriation of funds.

Kagwe will face the incumbent Governor Samuel Wamathai, Wahome Gakuru and prominent businessman Githinji Cocorico.

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