Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru/COURTESY
By Mkarimu Media
Mt. Kenya region is ready to support former Prime minister Raila Odinga if he contest for the country’s top seat, Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru has revealed.
In an exclusive interview on KTN News’ PointBlank, the outspoken governor says the region is ready to form a political alliance with the Orange Democratic Movement leader.
“If it is Raila, he should know that the region will want a piece of his government,” she said.
Waiguru, who has had a frosty relationship with Raila, described the ODM chief as ‘someone who understands the significant role that women play in Kenya’s politics.’
The cocky relationship between Raila and Waiguru hit rock bottom in 2016 after the opposition leader linked her to the multi-million shilling scandal at the National Youth Service (NYS).
Waiguru, who was at the time a powerful minister in charge of Devolution, Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, responded to Raila’s claims with a legal suit which she dropped after their hostilities ended last year following a meeting at the opposition leader’s Nairobi Capitol Hill offices.
“We discussed some serious politics. Of course we first settled the history we had together,” Waiguru said during the interview.
The prevailing rapprochement between Raila and Waiguru began in November last year after she withdrew the suit and announced the launch of a new friendship in the interest of national development.
Raila’s political dalliance with Waiguru became even clearer last month after the former PM accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta to the governor’s wedding in Kirinyaga last month.
Waiguru tied the knot with Nairobi lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo in a traditional wedding that was attended by prominent politicians and businessmen.
“In politics, formations happen. Those who showed up at the wedding were there either to confirm their membership to emerging political formations or friendship,” she said.
Asked whether she had made up her mind on a joint political formation with Raila ahead of 2022 elections, Waiguru said it was too early to decide. “It was not really about future formations, but to support Mr Kenyatta’s decision to shake hands with Mr Odinga.
You know this country was not in good shape after the 2017 elections,” she said.
Waiguru said she had assured the ODM leader of her unwavering support for the handshake through ongoing activities of the Embrace Kenya team.