Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici has abandoned Deputy President William Ruto’s UDA citing favouritism.
Speaking in Mwea on Wednesday evening after donating food to residents, Ngirici said that she will now vie for Kirinyaga governor’s seat as an independent candidate.
“In 2022, I will not vie on any political party. I will seek to be elected as a governor, as an individual, and I’m confident that I will win,” Ngirici said.
The MP accused UDA officials of mistreating her despite being one of the alliance’s key members.
She said UDA officials were favouring her opponent, Governor Anne Waiguru.
She expressed fears that she might be rigged out in the party’s nominations.
“When I appeared at the headquarters, the officials tried to convince me to give up my gubernatorial ambitions and vie for the Mwea parliamentary seat on a UDA ticket. I refused, as they were determined to kill my dream,” she said.
“If UDA officials are telling me to vie for a junior seat, do you expect nominations to be free and fair?”.
Last month, Ruto urged rivals Waiguru and Ngirici to fight fair and square, battling for the UDA governor’s ticket.
The DP was visiting the county for the first time since Waiguru joined his camp on October 26.
He declared the voters would decide who will fly the United Democratic Alliance Party ticket, not him.
In a passionate appeal, Ruto promised his UDA outfit will guarantee free and fair nominations.
“I want to assure you the people will decide who will be given which ticket. But I emphasise our UDA party will have free, fair, democratic and verifiable nominations, and it is the people who will decide,” Ruto declared.
Ngirici has been uneasy since Waiguru decided to abandon the Jubilee Party for the hustler nation and the woman rep signalled a possibility of leaving UDA and reviving her Citizen Convention Party.
The county MP has protested that Waiguru’s late entry into the fold is meant occupy her space within the DP’s camp, despite her massive investments to build the outfit in the region.