The Kirinyaga gubernatorial race is expected to take a new twist after former Devolution cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru's rival in the just concluded Jubilee Party Nomination exercise teamed up with NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua.
Karua has joined hands with Kirinyaga Central legislator, Gachoki Gitari, who will be her running mate as she looks to defeat Jubilee's Anne Waiguru. The move comes after the two engaged in an extended discussion to form a formidable team that will face Waiguru, who resigned her cabinet position following wide-range allegations of corruption in her docket.
Gitari contested the Jubilee nominations ticket in the just-ended primaries but came second after Waiguru.
With the new alliance, the battle for Kirinyaga governor is expected to be murkier as the former Gichugu MP will give Waiguru a run for her money.
Gitari while joining Karua described her as an honest leader, who has never been mentioned in a corruption case adding that she was best suit for the Kirinyaga’s top most seat.
Karua’s Narc Kenya party recently endorsed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection bid, a move that might score her additional political points as far as the race for Kirinyaga governor is concerned.
After Waiguru's nomination win, Karua warned her not to celebrate yet, promising her a fierce battle in the August polls. "It is too early for Waiguru to start celebrating." she said at the time.