Mwangi wa Iria, a former governor of Murang’a, has just declared that he will compete for president of the country in the general election of 2027.
The former governor declared that he would run again for president of the country through his Usawa Kwa Wote party, despite his unsuccessful campaign in the elections of last year.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) purportedly deleted Wa Iria from the presidential nomination record after he failed to collect enough signatures.
But he now claims that he will begin gathering signatures right away in an effort to close any gaps that would prevent him from being included on the ballot once more.
He criticized people who claimed he was a member of the coalition party Azimio la Umoja One Kenya, claiming that he has always been in charge of the Usawa party.
Wa Iria, who held the office of Murang’a Governor for two terms before losing his attempt for the presidency, backed Raila Odinga, an Azimio candidate who lost to ultimate winner and current President William Ruto.
Wa Iria also urged political figures to refrain from inflaming tensions between the Western and Mt. Kenya regions, noting that the remarks made by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua about Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja shouldn’t be exaggerated.
DP Gachagua accused Governor Sakaja of targeting traders from the Mt. Kenya region when he ordered matatus to leave the Central Business District (CBD) last month.
Leaders from the Western region responded angrily and have since defended Sakaja, while their colleagues from Mount Kenya publicly backed the DP.
Wa Iria, however, asserts that despite their differences, the two communities have always been connected and should not be split apart.
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