Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has poured cold water in the just concluded Kiambaa by-election win by United Democratic Alliance (UDA) in Kiambaa Constituency.
Waiguru said such a win could not reflect what will happen in the 2022 general elections.
“In Kenya’s electoral history, by-elections have always been outliers with little or no relationship with the general election,” Waiguru said in her reaction to the by-election outcome.
The former Ruto ally turned foe, say Ruto, who undoubtedly is the leader of UDA, should not celebrate yet. Waiguru claims that for Ruto to win the presidency, he needs the backing of at least 101% from Central Kenya.
“For UDA, this is probably the best they will do in Central Kenya. That should worry DP Ruto, who needs 101% of Mt. Kenya support if his candidacy is to convert to State House,” She said
The UDA candidate in Kiambaa Njuguna Wanjiku won the highly contested by-election with 21,773 votes, 510 votes ahead of Jubilee Party candidate Njama Kariri who garnered 21,263 votes.
Nonetheless, the Kirinyaga governor has admitted that his team of Jubilee is an unhappy lot, with the result calling on urgent action to forestall further downwards slide.
“For Jubilee, it is that its core supporters are unhappy and urgent action is needed to forestall further downwards slide.” concluded the governor