Lee Kinyajui’s Unpopularity Lifts Senator Kihika.
During a campaign rally in Nakuru, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui was heckled by a raucous crowd after declaring his support for Raila Odinga and his Azimio la Umoja in the 2022 presidential election.
During a rally on Monday, December 6, Kinyanjui declared that he would be defending his gubernatorial seat on an Ubuntu People’s Forum (UPF) ticket.
Adding that he would be allied with the ODM leader, who is running to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 9, 2022 elections.
“I have already told you that I will run for the UPF ticket and that I will join the Reggae movement (Raila Odinga’s political faction),” he said.
The crowd booed him and interrupted his speech while chanting United Democratic Alliance (UDA) slogans in response to his statement.
Kinyanjui desires that the DP retire alongside his boss and relinquish power and allow another candidate, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
While attempting to persuade the crowd to back Odinga, Kinyanjui claimed that DP Ruto would not deliver on what Nakuru residents desired in terms of development and that it would be better for him to return home next year.
A video of his speech was shared on social media, eliciting reactions from pro-UDA politicians such as Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, who also declared her candidacy for governor.
Kihika responded by saying that the jeers from Nakuru residents served as a wake-up call to Kinyanjui and that the UDA was the party of choice.
On Monday, December 6, Kinyanjui took a jibe at DP Ruto on social media, implying that he does not identify with the real issues affecting the people.
He also pointed out that the DP undermined the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). The Governor argued was for the betterment of the lives of the wananchi.
“The Mount Kenya region has always voted with its head, not its heart. Neither on the number of harambees, roadside shows, or tokens to individuals,” he said in a subtle dig at Ruto.
Anne Waiguru, Governor of Kirinyaga, also responded to her Nakuru counterpart. “The DP Ruto’s message resonates with the people and he is the rightful candidate for the people of Kenya.”