By Allan Wanjiku
Tea lobbyist and Muranga politician Irungu Nyakera has opposed the idea of boxing all candidates to one party and dictating them who to vie which position.
Nyakera who was reacting to the move by Deputy President William Ruto of endorsing Senator Irungu Kangata for the position of the gubernatorial seat and Wakili Edward Muriu for the position of Gatanga parliamentary seat maintained they would never repeat the 2017 mistakes where aspirants were rigged.
“Mt Kenya people walipangwa na wakapangika in 2017 and they will not accept kupangwa again in 2022, the voice of Wanjiku will be supreme this time round,” Nyakera said.
The former Devolution Principal Secretary was referring to the 2017 bungled Jubilee party primaries that saw political heavyweights from Mt Kenya region being thrown out of their positions in what was believed to be undue influence and interference by Ruto.
Leaders who lost to political novices claimed there was a well choreographed strategy by Ruto to deny them their political influence so that he may influence the political greenhorns who would replace them to campaign and popularize his 2022 Presidential bid.
Coincidentally, Ruto and his brigade which has since been labelled Ruto’s praise and worship team are vehemently opposed to coalition calls by a section of leaders who although they support Ruto’s Presidential bid, want to secure the region’s interests in Ruto’s government should he ascend to Presidency.
It is believed that Ruto’s adherents want direct party ticket and ride in Ruto’s popularity in the region and hence lock out other candidates since it will be difficult for the party to conduct free and fair nominations when Ruto has thrown his weight to a certain aspirant.
Nyakera, an astute, smart and hawk eyed politician hailed party leaders Governor Mwangi Wa Iria (Usawa Kwa Wote) Peter Munya (PNU) Moses Kuria (Chama Cha Kazi) William Kabogo (Tukibebe Wakenya Party) Mwangi Kiunjuri (TSP) and Martha Karua of Nark Kenya for having their political parties intact which he said will ensure democratic space continue to have space.
The party leaders have remained candid that it is their right to have political parties as opposed to Tanga Tanga cohorts who are dictating that all Ruto supporters must join UDA