Race for Kirinyaga: How Karua could easily triumph using Waiguru’s NYS ghosts


Former Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru (L) and Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua. [Photo/Nairobi Wire]
Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua could get a smooth sailing to the top, in her bid to be the Kirinyaga county boss.

Karua, a former Justice Minister, seeks to send incumbent governor Joseph Ndathi, home, in the August 8, general elections.

She vied for presidency in 2013, but lost to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Nicknamed ‘The Iron Lady’, Karua has been facing stiff opposition from former Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, who wants the same seat, through a Jubilee Party ticket.

Critics argued that Karua would be beaten easily by Waiguru, due to her party. It is perceived Jubilee Party is well embraced in the Central Kenya county, hence giving the former CS, an easy win.

However, things could be dancing to the iron lady’s tune, following Waiguru’s past.

She had resigned as a CS, due to pressure, over allegations of her involvement in the Sh1.8 billion NYS scam, in 2015.

Ghosts of the scam have been on her neck despite her publicly saying she was innocent.

Now, the National Assembly has adopted a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), to bar her, from vying or holding any public office.

The PAC report, under the leadership of Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, was adopted Wednesday, after members unanimously endorsed it.

This spells doom for Waiguru, a former powerful government official, turned politician.

If the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) adopts the report, it will be over for Waiguru.

This means Karua could possibly fly to the Kirinyaga county’s governor office, if elected by area voters.

Karua’s party clearly announced its support for Jubilee Party leader President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

This could be a boost for her bid.


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