Laikipia Governor Picks 35-Year-Old Running Mate

By Mwangi Ndirangu

Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu has settled on a 35-year-old as his running mate.

Mr Patrick Waigwa, the former chairman of Ward Development Fund at the County Government had initially declared his interest to contest the Laikipia East parliamentary seat on a Jubilee ticket but later opted out under unclear circumstances.

He had resigned from his position at the county government and told close friends and supporters that he would seek to be elected to the National Assembly.

But after the announcement, nothing much was heard from him until Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement by Governor Irungu caught many by surprise as speculations were rife that he would reward people from Laikipia North for supporting him during the recent Jubilee Party primaries.


“I am indebted to you people from Laikipia North for the many votes you gave me during the Jubilee party nominations. But after wide consultations, I came to the conclusion that I will pick my running mate from Laikipia East Constituency but I can assure you of a big position after August 8,” Governor Irungu told tens of Jubilee supporters gathered at old County Assembly Hall to witness issuance of Jubilee nomination certificates.

Getting the certificate came as a big relief to Governor Irungu following a bitter contest with his main challenger Ndiritu Muriithi.

Mr Muriithi, a nephew to retired President Mwai Kibaki had contested Mr Irungu’s win and the party’s dispute tribunal and the matter eventually ended at the Court of Appeal where the incumbent triumphed.

After receiving the certificate, the Governor extended an olive branch to his political nemesis telling then to abandon plans to contest as independent candidates but come and assist in Jubilee campaigns with an assurance that they would be rewarded with positions at the County Government.


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Laikipia Governor Picks 35-Year-Old Running Mate

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