• The ANC governor hopeful describes himself as an agent of change, saying he will prioritise health, education and agriculture.
• He said if he wins, his style of leadership will be partnership-oriented to get the desired results.
Economist Peter Kariuki Ireri has joined the Kirinyaga governor race.
Ireri said he is not intimidated by the political giants in the race but is convinced of winning in the August polls.
The ANC governor hopeful describes himself as an agent of change, saying he will prioritise health, education and agriculture.
Ireri told the Star he believes the resources allocated to the county are sufficient to run and improve all sectors under the devolved function.
He said if he wins, his style of leadership will be partnership-oriented to get the desired results.
"I believe I'm the solution to the problems grappling various sectors of our county. I will offer fresh leadership which tends to gravitate towards demystifying the operations of government," Ireri said.
"This will be achieved through scrapping the bureaucratic format and drawing closer to the people through county-public partnership."
He said this format is effective and has proved to work in many countries.
Ireri said he decided to plunge into politics to bring positive change into the county.
"I cannot stand and watch many sectors of my county falling apart. The only way I can serve my people effectively is by securing this post. I believe we need to streamline our health sector, our ECDE centres and economically empower our farmers," the aspirant said.
"I know I'm the right person to steer our county on the right path and even take it higher. I have experience in prudently managing our county resources."
He told his competitors not to look down on him, saying he is equal to the task.
Ireri said he is vigorously engaging residents on the ground and they are responding positively.
"If you say there are perceived strong contenders, what are they well known for? Sell your agenda, that is what is important to the Kirinyaga electorate."
Ireri will face Governor Anne Waiguru, Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici, former Mwea MP Peter Gitau, former Governor Joseph Ndathi and Senator Charles Kibiru in August.
Edited by A.N