- A few supporters of Governor William Kabogo showed up with his posters.
- Mr Kabogo is defending his seat as an independent after losing Jubilee ticket to Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.
- The DP said Kiambu is the county number one for Jubilee, and would therefore set precedence of the voting pattern.
Local politics played out during a tour by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto in Kiambu County on Sunday.
Thika Town MP Alice Ng'ang'a, the Jubilee candidate for the seat, was humiliated after supporters of her rival, independent candidate Patrick Wainaina, heckled her when she was called out by the DP to address the hundreds of supporters.
During the tour that saw the UhuRuto duo address roadside rallies all the way from Kiambu to Thika Town and at some stopovers, notably Kiambu and Ruiru, a few supporters of Governor William Kabogo showed up with his posters.
This was seen as an attempt by Mr Kabogo to flex his political muscle before the Jubilee leadership over the county’s gubernatorial campaigns.
Mr Kabogo is defending his seat as an independent candidate after losing the highly coveted Jubilee ticket to Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu in one of the biggest defeats witnessed during the party nominations.
Mr Kabogo has been insisting that party leaders should not impose leaders on the people, but “should let them decide”.
Mr Kabogo did not attend the UhuRuto rallies, but other candidates for various seats from other parties were seen jostling for a photo opportunity with the Jubilee duo, mostly Mr Ruto, but were neither acknowledged nor introduced to the crowds.
The president, and the deputy, who played the role of the master of ceremonies, only introduced and drummed up support for Jubilee gubernatorial candidate Ferdinand Waititu, Senator Kimani Wamatangi, Gathoni Wamuchomba (woman rep candidate) MPs and MCA candidates under Jubilee Party and left the rest to play the role of escorts.
The Head of State rubbished anti-Jubilee candidates in the area, and asked the electorate to only vote for Jubilee candidates, saying they are the only leaders he wants to work with.
President Kenyatta said he never interfered with the Jubilee nominations, explaining that he wanted to give the electorate the opportunity to freely pick leaders of their choice.