NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – It will be a two horse race in Kiambu, as two major political rivals face off in the gubernatorial position in August.
This follows the declaration by Kiambu Governor William Kabogo that he will run as an independent candidate.
Addressing journalists, Kabogo said the decision was reached after major consultations with the residents of the County and his family members.
“After much deliberation and having consulted with my wife and the rest of my family. I stand here today to announce my independent candidature for a second-time term as your Governor. Due to public demand, I have decided to honour the wishes of the people of Kiambu,” he said.
The Governor said his campaign will be agenda guided and not about spreading propaganda.
“To our detractors, watch this space. We will do it through God’s help and with His help and as we work together as one people, we will pull through all obstacles and challenges,” Governor Kabogo asserted.
“With purpose and great determination, I promise every man, woman, and child in this County that I will break my back to give you the best leadership; I will break a sweat to bring investment in this County. I will exhaust ideas in my mind to make this County great again.”
Kabogo said the outcome in Jubilee Primaries where he was defeated by a landslide by Ferdinand Waititu didn’t reflect the will of the people since it was marred by massive irregularities.
“Make no mistake, my silence for the last couple of weeks is as a result of a peace pact that I signed and I wanted to honour. The younger Kabogo would have handled things differently but now my thoughts turn to what will be good for the County,” he said.
“This is not my fight, it is our fight.”
During the Jubilee Party primaries, Kabogo was competing with Kabete Constituency MP Ferdinand Waititu, whom he accused of spreading propaganda against him during the Primaries.
“It is not a battle of who is stronger or who is better at spreading propaganda but rather it’s about the vision. The vision that will take us to what we have the potential to become,” he said.
He, however, says he will campaign for the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.