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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Waiguru thanks 'Team Minji Minji' after Kirinyaga victory

A file photo of Kirinyaga Governor-elect Anne Waiguru. /MONICAH MWANGI
A file photo of Kirinyaga Governor-elect Anne Waiguru. /MONICAH MWANGI

Kirinyaga governor-elect Ann Waiguru has thanked voters for believing in her and pledged to work with all elected leaders towards development.

Waiguru reminisced the hard battles she fought to win the seat against a backdrop of corruption accusations leveled against her in the run-up to the party nominations.

"Heading to the Jubilee party nominations early this year, many played down my chances of winning the governorship ticket, but by God’s grace and the support of the people of Kirinyaga, we did it!

"Our victory today is a clear statement that there is a God in heaven who sees the injustices meted out to his people and vindicates those who have been subjected to fallacious accusations," Waiguru said in a statement on Friday.

The former Devolution CS was adversely mentioned in the infamous NYS scandal where official audit revealed that over Sh1.4 billion was stolen.

More on this: MPs want Waiguru barred from holding public office

The scandal eventually saw her resign on November 21, 2015 from her ministerial position citing "doctor's advice to undertake light duties".

Waiguru said her gubernatorial triumph has shown that "propaganda and trumped up allegations peddled by political antagonists should not blur the people’s vision".

She said she will work with all leaders both at the county and national level towards the development of Kirinyaga county.

Waiguru thanked her campaign team dubbed “Team Minji Minji” who she said stood by her during her trying moments.

"I'll forever be grateful. And to everyone who supported me in the course of this campaign and took time to drum up support for my candidacy, I thank you!"

She equally congratulated her competitors in the race for putting up a spirited fight and encouraged them work with her .

They were NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua, Bedan Kagai, outgoing governor Joseph Ndathi and Kennedy Macharia.

"As we forge ahead to the most important but challenging phase of this political journey, let us put aside our political differences, put the interest of the people of Kirinyaga first and build this county together," Waiguru said.

Waiguru also congratulated other elected leaders, especially fellow women governor elects Joyce Laboso of Narok and Kitui's Charity Ngilu.

She also congratulated Nakuru Senator-elect Susan Kihika, Uasin Gishu's Margaret Kamar and Isiolo’s Fatuma Dullo.

Read: Kenya's first women governors: Ngilu, Laboso, Waiguru flying high after vote

MAKUENI WINNERS

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Senator Mutula Kilonzo junior and woman rep Rose Museo retained their seats after they were declared winners on Friday night.

The Wiper leaders said they will work together as they take their second term and asked supporters to shun violence.

Kibwana who was accompanied by his wife Nazzi Kivutha, Deputy Governor Adelina Mwau and other family members said he was set to leave active politics at the end of his second term.

"I want to state here that this is my last stint in politics together with my Deputy Adelina Mwau as we had agreed before, after the end of this term I want to go back home and be close to my family," he said.

Mutula Jnr asked Wiper supporters to hold their horses on the succession issue.

He urged them to give the elected leaders humble time to deliver on their campaign promises.

"2022 is far away, let's focus on what is at hand," he told cheering supporters immediately after being declared winner.

He said as leaders they were committed to working together to develop the county.

Kibwana garnered 292,288 votes beating three of his rivals, Mutula won with 320,230 Votes beating three of his rivals, and Museo got 226,875 to win against seven contestants

Only Kibwana's win was rejected by David Masika (New Democrats) his main Challenger on claims of massive irregularities in the just concluded election.

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