Deputy President William Ruto-linked UDA Party has dealt President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee a major blow yet again.
In what has definitely sent shockwaves in the larger Mt Kenya region, United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate Njuguna Wanjiku floored Jubilee’s Kariri Njama in the Kiambaa by-election.
And although Jubilee’s defeat was a small margin the fact that Kiambaa is one of the 12 constituencies in President Uhuru’s backyard of Kiambu County tells a lot.
Technically, the Jubilee defeat signals that Uhuru is entering the “lame duck” phase of his presidency. Regarded as Mt Kenya region’s political kingpin prior to Thursday’s by-election, not even his public endorsement of well-known Njama at State House could sway voters to elect him. Instead, they [Kiambaa residents] opted for a little-known Wanjiku who was fronted by DP Ruto brigade.
Kiambaa was supposed to be a race that determines the direction the Mt Kenya region will be taking in 2022 presidential race. To ascertain whether President Uhuru still has the support of the voters or not…
In May this year, the ruling party was humiliated during the Juja Parliamentary by-election, where Moses Kuria’s [a strong DP Ruto ally] Peoples’ Empowerment Party candidate George Koimburi floored Jubilee’s Susan Waititu.
Is there a paradigm shift? That DP Ruto is now the region’s man come 2022? Has President Uhuru’s political ‘kingpinship’ come to an end?