The camp of Deputy President William Ruto is considering a list of potential hopefuls who want to challenge Raila's point men in the Mt Kenya area. The DP and his staff are quietly putting together a line-up to take against Raila's friends less than a year before the August general election. The United Democratic Alliance is mounting a strong wave against the organization, and the DP's allies are eager to see them defeated.
Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, who is facing corruption allegations, has indicated that he will challenge Nyoro under the banner of the United Democratic Party (UDA). Patrick Wainaina, the Thika Town MP, is also expected to fly the UDA flag. Former Governor Joshua Irungu and Laikipia West MP Patrick Mariru are among those in Laikipia County who are expected to challenge Muriithi.
Senator Susan Kihika, who is challenging Kinyanjui in Nakuru, is setting the ground for a bitter confrontation with the first-term governor. Kinyanjui has stated that Raila is the finest candidate to succeed Uhuru. Faith Gitau, the Nyandarua Woman Representative, is being groomed to take on Governor Kimemia.
Waititu, who was impeached by the Kiambu MCAs on Thursday, said he was ready to compete. Next year's UDA nominations will pit him against his opponents. "I will reclaim my governorship on the UDA ticket, and I am confident that the people of Kiambu will give me a second chance," Waititu stated. The DP's loyal admirer pointed out that cartels may have pushed him out of office, but the Kiambu electorate did not.
In Gatanga, lawyer Edward Mureu is leading the charge, running on the UDA platform to unseat Nduati, a Raila supporter. Ruto endorsed Mureu a month ago on a tour of Murang'a county, hailing him as a diligent and good leader. According to the lawyer, UDA would make certain that candidates support the hustler narrative and the bottom-up economic model.
"I intend to remain in the UDA, and Gatanga leads the way in UDA member registration in the Mt Kenya region. Whatever happens, I'm sticking with the DP "In an interview, Mureu stated.
Johnson Mukuha will represent UDA in Kangema, which is currently represented by Muturi Kigano, while Stephen Macharia will represent UDA in Mathioya, where incumbent Peter Kimari is leaning towards Raila. Kamande Wambuku is preparing to run against incumbent Mary Waithera in Maragua. Several aspirants have lined up for the coveted UDA ticket in Nyeri county, where the DP has been up against two leading Kielweke lights, Ngunjiri Wambugu (Nyeri Town) and Kanini Kega (Kieni).
Njoroge Wainaina, Wachira Keen, Alex Wachira, and Kihara Gathua are among the candidates in Kieni, while UDA will choose from Wanyaga Gathaka, Stanley Wabandi, Duncan Maina Mathenge, Teckno Githinji, and Patrick Ngatia in Nyeri Town. Karungo Wa Thang'wa will face Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi, who resigned as secretary general of The Service Party.
Beatrice Nkatha of Tharaka Nithi Woman Representative, a DP supporter, stated the Mt Kenya electorate has "already fallen in love with Ruto." She expressed confidence that the DP is the finest person to carry on Uhuru's legacy. "I appreciate the DP's bottom-up attitude, and we are confident that a UDA government will benefit our people, from mama mbogos to boda bodas to jobless youths," she remarked. According to a credible source, Waithira Muithirania will face Murang'a Woman Representative Sabina Chege, who has been rallying support for Raila.
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