Sunday, November 28: A shouting march ensued between Kirinyaga Governor Anne Mumbi Waiguru supporters and followers of Woman Representative Purity Ngirici ahead of Deputy President William Ruto's visit to the county.
In a video seen by Kenyans.co.ke, supporters marched and chanted as they proceeded towards All Saints Church in Kianyaga.
In a bid to calm the situation, police officers had been deployed to the scene, however the crowd continued with their chants.
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Mumbi Waiguru has accused the police of using intimidation tactics against her and her team ahead of Deputy President William Ruto's visit to the county.
Taking to her social media on Sunday, November 28, Waiguru noted that her team had been summoned by police for interrogation.
"The DCIO Kianyaga is now summoning my team threatening to arrest them before DP William Ruto's visit to Kirinyaga. Please stop intimidating my team using security forces," she stated.
Waiguru had popularised Ruto's visit to the county urging her followers to come out in droves to rally behind the hustler movement. The DP will be attending a church service at the ACK Kianyaga after which he will hold rallies in Kirinyaga, Kutus and Kerugoya towns.
Waiguru has in the past alleged malice from authorities after she joined the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) outfit- affiliated to Ruto.
In October 29, 2021, reports had circulated online that the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) officers had raided Waiguru's home.
"Surely, barely 48hours after we decamped to UDA and now this? As a believer in the rule of law this is unfortunate."
"It’s intention is to dissuade those contemplating the same and an attempt at engineering succession politics. It won't work. Kenyans are not stupid. There is God in heaven," Waiguru stated at the time of defecting to UDA.
However, EACC through its spokesperson, Yasin Amaro, dismissed the reports saying that there were no plans by the anti-graft body to raid the governor's house.
He, however, reiterated that the the investigative body had a conclusive report on the governor and other county officials on graft related matters.
Meanwhile, a showdown is looming between Waiguru and her fiercest rival, Kirinyaga woman representative, Purity Ngirici, ahead of Ruto's visit as both eye the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat on a UDA ticket. Since Waiguru's defection to the party, Ngirici disclosed that her relationship with the DP had hit rock bottom.
“I’m, however, confident that my supporters will follow me, regardless of the pedestal I will be standing on. Politics is akin to the game of chess; you must study it well as your next decision would determine whether you win or lose. I have now retreated to carefully study my options before I make my next political move," she stated.From left to right: Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, Deputy President William Ruto and Kirinyaga Woman Representative Purity Ngirici. CANVA