In Summary
  • The rallies saw Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru and Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege ditch Dr Ruto’s camp to support the handshake while in Kapenguria, and West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo dump Kanu to back the DP.
  • Ms Waiguru, who has been Mr Ruto’s key ally in the Mt Kenya, accused the DP of engaging in premature campaigns and undermining the President.
  • The governor was in a team of women leaders from various parts of the country who converged at Kenol trading centre to launch a new outfit dubbed “Team Embrace’ to rally support for the handshake.
  • In Kapenguria, Prof Lonyangapuo led dozens of leaders from the North Rift in drumming up support for the DP’s 2022 presidential bid.

The 2022 presidential campaigns took centre stage on Friday as politicians supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga and those allied to Deputy President William Ruto held separate rallies to drum up support for their camps.

The rallies saw Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege ditch Mr Ruto’s camp to support the handshake while in Kapenguria, and West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo dump Kanu to back the DP.

Speaking at Kenol trading centre in Murang’a, Ms Waiguru vowed to rally behind President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga.

Ms Waiguru, who has been Mr Ruto’s key ally in the Mt Kenya, accused the DP of engaging in premature campaigns and undermining the President.

'TEAM EMBRACE'

The governor was in a team of women leaders from various parts of the country who converged at Kenol trading centre to launch a new outfit dubbed “Team Embrace’ to rally support for the handshake.

Others in attendance included Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga, her Wajir counterpart Fatuma Gedi and Likoni MP Mishi Mboko.

Ms Waiguru took a swipe at leaders from Mt Kenya who were openly campaigning for Mr Ruto while President Kenyatta was still in office.

She told those with presidential ambitions to shelve them until 2022.

“Even when the Deputy President was coming for negotiations (with President Kenyatta), he came with conditions, we shall also come with our conditions to see who to support in 2022,” she warned.

The governor, who spoke in Kikuyu stated: “Even the former Presidents had their deputies who did not campaign when they were in power. Let us wait and we shall organise ourselves in future."

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Ms Waiguru added that Team Embrace supported the referendum and that it would dictate the region’s stake in future governments.

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