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Ngilu hints at backing Raila’s 2022 presidential quest

 Kitui Governor Charity Kaluki Ngilu on Thursday disclosed that she will support any 2022 presidential contender who will attract the backing and blessing of President Uhuru Kenyatta since “such candidate will be a sure bet”. 

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu speaks at Mutitu Primary on Thursday. Photo/MWINGI TIMES

According to a press dispatch from Ngilu’s communication desk on Thursday evening, the governor had hinted that she will support President Kenyatta’s preferred candidate because it will be certain that the candidate will without doubt win the 2022 polls.

Ngilu’s words mean that she will back her long-time political buddy Raila Odinga whom Kenyatta has made no secret about supporting as his successor since the two came together in March in 2018 Handshake. 

Kenyatta has fallen out with his deputy Dr William Ruto and the duo has not been seeing eye to eye neither is Ruto assigned any official errands by the president. 

During a recent evening public rally in Kibera in Nairobi, Kenyatta who was with Odinga asked the crowd to vote for Raila for the sake of continued development after he leaves offices. A video that went viral on his speech showed president cautioning locals not to vote wrongly at the impending polls.

Prayer session

In Kitui on Thursday, Ngilu’s communication team that quoted her on a speech she delivered during a thanks-giving interdenominational prayer session at Mutitu Primary school to celebrate the creation of the new Mutitu North Sub-County in Kitui East, said the county boss was also unhappy about the elusive unity among former Nasa principals.

Plans to create Mutitu North Sub County began shortly before the 2017 elections. It was actualised on October 14, 2021.

The dispatch said the Kitui governor who is also the Narc party leader challenged the former NASA coalition partners to unite if they were serious about one of them becoming the president and running the next government.

Governor Ngilu warned that if the former NASA principals (Kalonzo, Mudavadi, Raila and Wetang’ula) went to the polls divided, they risked losing to those that can't help the country.

During the occasion at which the new area Deputy County Commissioner, Ruth Lorete was introduced to the public, Ngilu thanked the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta and Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang'i, for supporting the creation of the new administrative unit to ensure efficient service delivery.

“Governor Ngilu said the new unit presents an opportunity to grow the area socially, politically and economically for the betterment of the people’s welfare," said the communique.


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