Cate Waruguru steps up rivalry with Mwangi Kiunjuri
Laikipia Women’s Representative Cate Waruguru has lambasted former Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture (CS) Mwangi Kiunjuri for declaring her intention to run for the Laikipia East parliamentary seat.
Speaking in Laikipia on Saturday, January 29, the vocal lawmaker noted that as a party leader and kingmaker, Kiunjuri should not run for a parliamentary seat but hire other party leaders.
“You can’t be a kingmaker and you still want to compete for an elective seat. If you want to be a kingmaker, you have to stand out and let your ego drop,” she remarked.
Additionally, Waruguru asked the Kiunjuri to stop being bitter with United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Vice President William Ruto and lecture him at press conferences.
Former Agriculture SC Mwangi Kiunjuri (left) and President Uhuru Kenyatta during a past press briefing in 2020.
The lawmaker explained that the leader of the Service Party of Kenya (TSP) is confused since attacking both Ruto and the leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Raila Odinga.
“Stop bashing people like William Ruto because your party is a village fete. Why do you react if you don’t recognize a village fete? If you know your party is national then move on.
“But we don’t want someone to wake up one day and abuse Ruto, the next day they abuse Raila. Have you become a watermelon? You’re in the middle. You’re not in Azimio, you’re not not in UDA, where are you?” she posed.
This isn’t the first time Waruguru has called out Kiunjuiri in public. The two leaders would disagree as they are both interested in the Laikipia East parliamentary seat.
On Saturday, November 6, she urged the former CS to let young people compete for the seats of County Assemblyman, Woman Representative and Member of Parliament. She further challenged him to compete for the top spot in the country like other leaders of his caliber.
“Men of your equal stature negotiate for nothing less than the presidency and vice-president,” observed Waruguru.
President Uhuru Kenyatta sacked Kiunjuri in January 2020, relieving him of his position as Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture.
ODM leader Raila Odinga and Laikipia representative Cate Waruguru at the Capitol on Tuesday, June 9