- Incumbent Governor Joshua Irungu, the Jubilee flag-bearer has admitted that he enjoys support from the CS.
- Mr Kiunjuri’s hand will be felt when it comes to nomination of Members of County Assembly.
Close allies of Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri have positioned themselves in key positions in Laikipia County government with a conviction that Jubilee Party nominees will sweep most of the seats in the forthcoming General Election.
Though the Devolution CS has denied accusations that he influenced the outcome of Jubilee primaries in central Kenya, all indications are that he is strategising to have a firm grip on Laikipia County politics in the next five years by having close allies occupy influential seats at the county level.
Expectations are that Laikipia being a Jubilee stronghold, those who clinched the party’s ticket will have an easy ride come August.
Should this happen, the Senator, Deputy Governor and a number of County Assembly members would be individuals with undivided loyalty to Mr Kiunjuri.
Incumbent Governor Joshua Irungu, the Jubilee flag-bearer has admitted that he enjoys support from the CS.
Governor Irungu’s win in the recent primaries was contested by his main challenger Ndiritu Muriithi and he only got the ticket after a court ruled in his favour.
Upon receiving the party’s certificate, he picked Patrick Waigwa, 35, as his running mate.
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Mr Waigwa, an environmental scientist, was a parliamentary candidate in 2013 when he contested on Mr Kiunjuri’s Grand Nation Union (GNU) party for Laikipia East seat but lost.
Since then, Mr Waigwa has maintained a close association with the former Laikipia East MP.
The Senate candidate John Kinyua also contested on GNU ticket in the last General Election but lost to veteran politician G.G Kariuki.
This time, he emerged the winner during the primaries, garnering 42,155 votes against G.G Kariuki’s 6,500.
Three MCA’s who contested on GNU parry ticket will now be flying the Jubilee flag.
They include Mrs Veronica Ikunyua of Nanyuki Ward, Mr Daniel Mugweru of Umande and Joseph Maina from Igwamiti Ward.