Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru is most likely to be re-elected for a second term according to an opinion poll by Mizani Africa which gives her a clear 8pc lead over the next opponent.
The poll indicates that Waiguru enjoys 45pc support of the electorate ahead of her closest challenger Wangui Ngirici at 37pc.
Governor Waiguru credits the steady popularity rise to her development projects under the WezeshaKirinyaga program as well the support enjoyed by her party of choice the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
She has since put up a spirited campaign for herself as well as for the UDA Presidential candidate William Ruto in the region exuding confidence that the party will form the next Government.
Governor Waiguru continues to traverse the County to mobilize support for the re-election, urging the residents to give her another term to complete ongoing development projects she initiated.
She took her campaign to Wanguru town in Tebere, Karumandi and Kiini wards campaigning on a platform of development using the slogan “Wira Warie”, which loosely translates to “let the work speak”.
Kenya Kwanza leaders led by Deputy President William Ruto have also helped solidify her popularity in their recent tours of the County.
Waiguru is leveraging on her five years’ development track record which she says has transformed various social economic sectors in the county.
The Wezesha Kirinyaga economic empowerment program has supported women and the youth to undertake income generating activities such as farming and value addition.
She prides in enhancing access to quality healthcare and expanding the infrastructure through the construction of a 342-bed capacity Kerugoya Level Five Hospital, completion of 19 dispensaries, upgrading of Sagana, Kimbimbi and Kianyaga Hospital among others.
During her tenure the County Government has also put up 19 modern markets in various town and cabro-paved Kerugoya, Kutus, Kagio, Kianyaga and Wanguru towns.
Waiguru in her campaigns promised to extend the empowerment and development programs as enshrined in the “Mountain Cities” blueprint in order to touch every county resident.
“I am asking you to give me another chance to continue with the development that we have started, we want to make sure every home and every village has something positive to say about devolution.
The governor asked voters to reject empty rhetoric and propaganda from her opponents saying they lack a clear plan on how to develop the county.