Kiambaa voters reject Uhuru Kenyatta’s pick in a tight by-election

The president said to have been seething with bitter rage and frustration at the outcome of the by-election

By The Weekly Vision Team

President Uhuru Kenyatta has reacted with fury at the news coming in results from the Kiambaa by-election, results that clearly confirms his deputy William Ruto is the man calling the shots in central Kenya. Defeat in Kiambaa which Kenyatta had earlier waved away as not an option to be entertained, has snowballed into perhaps his worst political nightmare ever.

The president now serving his last seven months in office was yesterday said to have been seething with bitter rage and frustration at the outcome of the by-election. He has according to well-placed sources at Statehouse, switched off all phones and blacklisted his central Kenya political advisers.

The President is said to have switched off all phones and blacklisted his central Kenya political advisers, who include Majority leader in parliament Amos Kimunya, fire breathing Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe, Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, nominated MP Maina Kamanda and Nyeri Town MP Wambugu

They include Majority leader in parliament Amos Kimunya, fire breathing Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe, Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, nominated MP Maina Kamanda and Nyeri Town MP Wambugu. As he did after the Juja defeat, Uhuru is said to have ordered all staff at the statehouse to leave as he posted an emergency “Access Denied” to all his top aides.

Jubilant DP Ruto’s supporters in Kiambaa openly taunted President Kenyatta saying “Don’t say we didn’t warn you” UDA supporters then erupted into prolonged celebrations and were congratulated by Ruto for “a job well done” saying on his Tweet handle that Kiambaa has spoken “very loudly and clearly” in a free and fair by-election.

The largely Kikuyu rural constituency voters told The Weekly Vision that they had no “apologies” to make to President Uhuru for their support for DP Ruto’s -backed candidate Joe Njuguna Wanjiku UDA against Kariri Njama of Jubilee Party. They rejected Jubilees Kariri Njama, who is a more experienced politician having narrowly lost in the Jubilee party nominations to Paul Koinange in 2017. The late Koinange is Uhuru’s cousin.

This supremacy battle between the president and his deputy following months of the cold war is the surest signal that Kenyatta has lost central Kenya political support that thrice backed him almost to a man in 2013-2017 including a repeat election. The shock defeat comes at a time the president has completely side-lined and elbowed out his deputy from almost all state functions, declaring he would not back anybody in 2022.

The candidates in the Kiambaa battle included Kariri Njama (Jubilee Party), Joe Njuguna Wanjiku (UDA), Evans Gichia (Peoples Party of Kenya), Willie Mbugua (Independent), Koromo Muchugi (Federal Party Kenya), David Mugo (Independent), Wanjiru Muthaka (PNU) and Njoroge Ngugi (TND Party)

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