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Nairobi women urge Waiguru to vie for Governor in 2017, ex-CS says she will pray about it

Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru at Ufungamano House in Nairobi during a meeting with women leaders who asked her to view for Nairobi Governor, January 27, 2016. Photo/MONICAH MWANGI
Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru at Ufungamano House in Nairobi during a meeting with women leaders who asked her to view for Nairobi Governor, January 27, 2016. Photo/MONICAH MWANGI

Anne Waiguru, who requested lighter duties after resigning from her post as Devolution CS, has been urged to vie for Nairobi Governor.

Two hundred women leaders drawn from Nairobi county's 17 constituencies endorsed Waiguru for the position during their meeting with her at Ufungamano House on Wednesday.

They pleaded with her to join the race ahead of the 2017 general election so as to continue implementing projects she initiated under the National Youth Service.

Laura Ongwae said: "Time has come for women to unite and decide on the political destiny of this country. For many years men have misused women. We have decided Waiguru will vie for the seat."

“We have been abandoned. We do not have a strong woman leader since you left the government. All those we elected like the Nairobi women representative have gone to sleep. You must come out and save us,” Ongwae told Waiguru.

Waiguru thanked the women for standing with her saying "that is why I am here today".

She told the gathering of about 200 women she was “more than ready” to work with women and youths to “alleviate their suffering” as she did at NYS.

Waiguru said she was motivated because she believes women will play a big role in determining the political course for the country starting 2017 into the future.

"I will take some time to pray and think about it then call a meeting to announce the way forward. I came to say 'thank you' but I am leaving with a lot more," she said.

Waiguru said she is ready to team up with sacked Environment minister Evans Ondieki who also attended the meeting.

Ondieki was fired by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero days after reshuffling his government.

In readiness for what is likely to be her debut in politics, Waiguru has planned a series of grassroot meetings throughout Nairobi starting next Sunday “to listen to the plight of women” and explain her agenda.

The Sunday meeting will be held in Embakasi Central constituency where the former CS is scheduled to address women and youths groups.

Significantly, Waiguru chose Ufungamano House as the starting point of her political journey.

The House has a rich historic past as it was the “spiritual home” for the pro-reforms movements of the 1990s in what was known as the Second Liberation that sought dispose Kanu’s regime.

However, Waiguru first political day out of government proved inauspicious as a group of rowdy youths invaded the function and demanded money.

The former CS had attended the meeting without bodyguards, exposing her personal security in the process.

The youth stopped Waiguru from leaving Ufungamano House for about 20 minutes, before her driver sped out of the compound.

It was not clear whether she ceded to the group's demands.

Waiguru's latest hint comes three weeks after she was asked in an interview on Citizen TV whether she would contest in either Nairobi or Kirinyaga counties.

She responded: “I am not a politician. At this point in time I don't think so. But who knows about the future?”

Waigururesigned on November 21, 2015, amid sustained allegations of corruption in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning citing health reasons.

This story has been updated.

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