By Elijah Cherutich and Kigotho Mwangi
Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu on Friday, March 13, said he was a KANU member, and that he has never renounced the Party despite successfully running for governorship in the August 8, 2017 general election under Jubilee.
Speaking in Kabarak, Nakuru County during the KANU delegates meeting presided over by Party Leader Senator Gideon Moi, Waititu said he still is the chairperson of KANU in Embakasi, Nairobi.
“I was elected the chairperson of KANU Party in Embakasi when the political outfit was very strong in the country. During those days, being the chairman of a political party, one had to be voted for. In Embakasi, we held a very big election, and I was voted the chairperson. As of today, I am still the party’s leader in Embakasi. There has never been any subsequent election to remove me from office.
“I was elected the party chairperson when President Kenyatta was also voted the political outfit’s national chairperson [in 2005]. I want people to know that I am attending this event today because I am a KANU member. I have not lost my way as some people would think. When some journeys end, I choose not to lament, but take a U-turn and continue with my trip. Bwana chairman [Gideon Moi], I want to assure you of my support, knowing too well the party is safe in your hands,” said Waititu.
The ex-county chief stated that he rooted for President Kenyatta even before he [Waititu] actively joined politics.
Waititu’s quest to address the gathering was almost stopped when certain delegates from Kiambu shouted him down.
The ex-governor was allowed to speak after delegates from other jurisdictions in Mt. Kenya demanded to have Waititu address the gathering as they chanted: “Baba yao! Baba yao!”.
Earlier, KANU Secretary-General Nick Salat said the party’s key objective currently is to embark on high-octane campaigns to popularise the political outfit at the grassroots level as it seeks to have a more national outlook.
“[Gideon Moi], your Late father [Daniel Moi], was buried by Kenyans, and not members of the Kalenjin community. You [Gideon] were given Mzee’s rungu that symbolised the power he wielded across Kenya. You do not belong to Kalenjins only, you belong to Kenya,” said Salat.