POLITICAL STRATEGY

Nyoro adviser joins ODM ahead of 2022

The Ekeza Sacco boss is already popularising the Raila party in Mt kenya.

In Summary

• The Rev David Ngari, popularly known as Gakuyo, is said to be eyeing the Thika parliamentary seat.

• He is the owner of Ekeza Sacco, which was put under receivership for failing to pay depositors. 

Reverend David Ngari popularly known as Gakuyo and Ekeza sacco boss. He has ditched Jubilee party (JP) to join Orange Democratic Movement Party (ODM)
Politics Reverend David Ngari popularly known as Gakuyo and Ekeza sacco boss. He has ditched Jubilee party (JP) to join Orange Democratic Movement Party (ODM)
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Kiambu Governor James Nyoro’s political adviser has ditched Jubilee for the Orange Democratic Party.

The Rev David Ngari, popularly known as Gakuyo, is eyeing an elective post in the 2022 General Election.

He is already popularising the Raila Odinga-headed party in Kiambu and Central Kenya at large.

On Thursday, the party's county officials, led by secretary Charles Mbugua and treasurer Andrew Wanjukira held a meeting at the Mary Immaculate Catholic Church hall in Muchatha.

 “We shall go all out to strengthen the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila as we popularise ODM in this region. I am ready to hold any position in the party. I am also going to seek its ticket for a political seat that I am yet to declare,” Ngari said.

He is predicted to vie for the Thika seat against incumbent Patrick Wainana. He had in 2017 intended to oust William Kabogo as the Kiambu governor but instead combined forces with Ferdinand Waititu,  Nyoro, John Mugwe and Aquiline Njoki to form 'United for Kiambu' which sent Kabogo home.

The presiding Bishop of the Thika-based Calvary Chosen Centre said the time had come for Raila to lead the country.

He asked Deputy President William Ruto to shelve his ambitions for the top job.

“History has shown us that no one has ever become President without first being in the opposition and a good example is that of retired President Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru. Ruto should be ready to join the opposition and wait for his turn,” he said.

He noted that Raila has been in the opposition for the longest time and was the one who declared ‘Kibaki Tosha’.

"His star is now shining and I have a vision that he will be the next President.”

Ngari called on the church to lead the way in enlightening the public on the BBI document. “The church has no boundaries and the clergy are better placed to champion its cause.”

He thanked Nyoro for shielding him before he was 'finished' by Kabogo.

"I thank God that Governor Nyoro put me under his wings and President Kenyatta also helped to save me from that man who is always dreaming about how to finish Gakuyo," he said in reference to the troubles he went through when his Ekeza Sacco was put under receivership.