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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Gachagua’s family to back JP nominees

The late Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua family’s spokesman Rigathi Gachagua who is also Mathira Parliamentary aspirant at his home in Mathira on Sunday./WAMBUGU KANYI
The late Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua family’s spokesman Rigathi Gachagua who is also Mathira Parliamentary aspirant at his home in Mathira on Sunday./WAMBUGU KANYI

The family of late Governor Nderitu Gachagua has given its verdict on the way forward on Nyeri politics.

Family spokesman Rigathi Gachagua on Sunday said his late brother’s machinery, which had more than 10,000 supporters, will ensure only credible leaders are elected in the county.

Rigathi recently dropped his bid for governor to run for Mathira MP after area leaders urged him to concentrate on the parliamentary seat.

He said the family will back those who will win during the Jubilee nominations scheduled for next month.

Rigathi spoke during a press conference at his Iruri home in Mathira.

“We have been unable to decide who we will support for Nyeri governor between Governor Samuel Wamathai and Senator Mutahi Kagwe, since the two were close allies of Gachagua," he said.

"We initially told them to agree on who will run for governor and the other one the running mate, but they failed to agree. Both will both go for the Jubilee nominations. The family will back whoever will be picked at the nominations.”

But the family endorsed aspirant Dan Wamahiu for Nyeri senator and Rahab Mukami for woman representative, and urged Nyeri people to support them .

Rigathi said the two have integrity and can take the county into greater heights.

“We shall leave the voters to make independent and informed decisions on other seats for MPs and MCAs. But we urge residents to vote out MCAs who used to fight Gachagua, which made the county ungovernable,” he said.

Rigathi also urged the Jubilee Secretariat to ensure free and credible nominations.

He said whether the smart cards or IDs will be used during nominations, there is need for the party to continue being strong even after elections.


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