I don’t mind being Deputy President, says Waiguru

By Joel Muinde On Wed, 20 Nov, 2019 09:48 | 2 mins read
Anne Waiguru
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru. PHOTO | COURTESY

Governor Anne Waiguru has said that she will not rule out serving as Deputy President if the opportunity knocks at her door.

“We don’t know what shape our politics will take after the process of the BBI (Building Bridges Initiative), and we will make our choices then,” said Ms Waiguru.

The Kirinyaga governor also blamed her troubles managing the county to the perception that she is a front runner in the Mt Kenya succession politics.

“I will continue fighting politically instigated battles. Why is that I am the one who trends the whole day just because of coming here. Some people see me as a front runner in matters succession. They want to ensure I am put down,” Ms Waiguru said when she appeared on Citizen TV on Tuesday night.

Further, the governor said that the so-called Mt Kenya development grievances are not real, but false accusations leveled on the Executive by those jostling for popularity in the 2022 succession politics.

“I don’t think the Mt Kenya region grievances are real. They are similar to other challenges being experienced in other regions… We have a President who comes from our region. People are positioning themselves for succession, you can’t blame them, it is expected. The problem is when we make false accusations to become popular,” said Ms Waiguru.

The governor, who branded herself a front runner in the Mt Kenya succession politics, said since President Uhuru Kenyatta was elected the region got an additional 300km of roads, Thiba dam project and institutions of science and development set up.

Ms Waiguru, who has recently been warming up to the Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga, said that she supports BBI and the handshake between President Kenyatta and Raila.

“What took me to Kibra was the handshake. We are in unique situation because of the handshake. It is not black and white. We have the handshake and it gives us a unique opportunity to engage,” said Ms Waiguru, who campaigned with Raila during Imram Okoth’s campaign to replace his late brother in the city seat.

The governor said that she supports the proposed referendum, which is likely to be fronted by the Building Bridges Initiative report.

“I think that whatever changes Kenyans want, we will implement them according to the Constitution. If it is a referendum, so be it,” said Ms Waiguru.

Asked about the cost of the referendum, the Kirinyaga governor said the alternative cost (opportunity cost) would be much higher if the country plunges into chaos over lack of law change.

“What is the price of chaos? What is the price of an unstable country?” asked the governor.