Deputy President William Ruto, has steered clear off the ongoing feud between Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru and woman representative Wangui Ngirici.
Speaking in Gichugu constituency after a church service on Sunday, November 28, Ruto called for restraint among the aspiring candidates saying the party will ensure free and fair nominations when the time comes.
"You the citizens are the one to decide on who gets what ticket, I want to stand here and tell you that our party UDA, will have free, fair, democratic, verifiable nomination," Ruto assured his supporters calling on them to decide.
At the same time, he called on aspiring candidates to advance issues affecting the youth instead of making them riot as was the case earlier on Sunday 28th November.
“I want to urge my fellow leaders , each one of us, let us keep the peace, these youths, need an employment strategy from us, what they don’t need from us is violence, they want us to provide the solution for their joblessness,” he went on.
His call for peace were further echoed by the county boss Ann Waiguru who expressed faith in the party’s ability to conduct free and fair nominations.
"We want to say as the people of Kirinyaga we are peaceful…..as the people of Kirinyaga we want to say the citizens are the ones to decide who will be elected in Kirinyaga and we don’t want violence…we trust our part leader will give us free and fair elections (nomination)” she noted .
At the same time, the county woman representative Wangui Ngirici received hostility from the crowd in Gichugu when she tried to address them forcing her to cut her speech short.
Ngirici has been on the spot over her sentiments since the governor Waiguru joined the UDA party seemingly rocking her standing in the party.
Recently Ngirici had expressed frustration in the party saying she regrets spending heavily to establish the party’s presence in the county
"I don’t even want to remember how much I have used to build the UDA party in Kirinyaga from scratch, but I’m young in politics and still learning,” Ngirici stated.
Earlier on Sunday 28th November, a shouting match had ensued between Waiguru and Ngirici's supporters ahead of Ruto's visit to the county. Police were deployed to contain the situation.
Both Waiguru and Ngirici are eyeing the gubernatorial position on a UDA ticket, setting the stage for fierce party primaries and a headache for Ruto.
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