June 18, 2024

Gov Waiguru throws jabs at DP Gachagua amid fallout with President Ruto

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Gov Waiguru throws jabs at DP Gachagua amid fallout with President Ruto

Governor Waiguru in a subtle attack challenges DP Gachagua to mentor young leaders in Mt Kenya

Governor Waiguru in a subtle attack challenges DP Gachagua to mentor young leaders in Mt Kenya.

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has made a powerful statement on the importance of inclusivity and mentorship in political leadership, which can be seen as a jab at Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.

In her remarks, she emphasised that leadership positions should not be personalized and stressed the need for supporting ambitious Kenyans, especially women, and youth, in their political and socioeconomic pursuits.

Waiguru stated, “While we respect the office of the Deputy President, and indeed any other office of leadership, a progressive democracy does not allow us as occupiers of public leadership offices to personalize them to the extent that it becomes taboo for anyone else to nurture and express ambition to occupy them.”

Waiguru argued that leadership roles are positions held in trust, rather than personal property.

She urged the DP recognise and support the aspirations of others, particularly young people and women, who often face significant barriers in their pursuit of high office.

“Let us recognize the right of all, especially our women and our youth, to aspire to high office. Let us hold their hands in mentorship on political and socioeconomic leadership,” she continued.

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Her remarks come at a time when the Mt. Kenya region is witnessing brewing rivalry between DP Gachagua and Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro.

Over the weekend politicians allied to the DP claimed that Nyoro and other young politicians were plotting to undermine Gachagua, who is the senior-most government official from the region.

Waiguru reiterated that mentorship is crucial for nurturing future leaders, providing them with the guidance and support they need to succeed.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua during a meeting with Nyandarua County Assembly Members (MCAs) at his official residence in Karen, Nairobi, on January 23, 2024

“Everyone has a right to dream and pursue their dreams like those in current leadership dreamt and their dreams actualized by the support of millions of youth and women. They too, deserve support, not hostility,” she said.

The brewing rivalry threatens to rock the Mt. Kenya political landscape, with various leaders rallying behind either Gachagua or Nyoro.

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