Former Water Principal Secretary (PS), Wairagu wa Maai, and who is vying for Murang’a gubernatorial seat, has picked Gatanga the National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) Manager as his running mate.
On Sunday, just a day before the deadline for gubernatorial aspirants to name their running mates lapses. Wairagu announced that Evans Muiyuro will deputize him if he clinches the post of county chief, come August 9.
Wairagu praised Muiyuro, saying he has served diligently as the Chairman of Gatanga NG-CDF, for the past five years.
“I picked someone who I am sure will support my Administration and help achieve development goals of Murang’a County,” stated the former PS at Gatunyu Market in Gatanga Sub-county.
So far, Wairagu is the only aspirant who has picked a male running mate after three other candidates picked women to deputize them.
The others, Jamleck Kamau of Jubilee Party picked Dr. Naomi Kagone, Irungu Kang’ata picked Dr. Winne Njeri and Irungu Nyakera opted for Catherine Mugo, to deputize him.
Wairagu said picking a male candidate will not stop him from ensuring gender rule is realized in his Administration.
“More than 30 percent of jobs in the County will go to women. The youth will also take a big part in my Administration. I plead with the people of Murang’a to support us so as to bring the much needed positive change in our County,” explained Wairagu.
He added that he will establish a Sh. 100 million youth fund, to help young people from the County to start income-generating projects.
“In my manifesto, I have factored a youth fund programme, which will help in creating jobs for hundreds of jobless young people,” he further said.
Other aspirants who are expected to name their running mate, Monday, include Joshua Toro, Joseph Mbai and Dr. Moses Mwangi.
Muiyuro who is a prominent businessman, said he will support Wairagu’s manifesto to ensure better service delivery for people of Murang’a.
“I will cooperate and work with Wairagu to ensure people of this County get better services in all sectors.
“Much is needed to develop Murang’a County and that needs a good working relationship between the governor and his deputy. I appeal to the people of Murang’a to give us a chance to serve them,” he added.