Wanjiru's TNA move spells doom for struggling ODM
11 December 2014, 09:02
Nairobi - Margaret Wanjiru's move to president Uhuru Kenyatta's National Alliance TNA party will have far reaching consequences for the political scene especially in Nairobi.
Wanjiru made the much anticipated move Wednesday after months of speculation as to where she would end up, but for some, it was as obvious a move as they come.
Moving to TNA will have the advantage of guaranteeing her a shot at the Nairobi Governor's seat as well as the Senatorial seat as well, if she is forced into a compromise.
The likely-hood is that she will be forced to run for Senator with popular Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko already saying that he will run for the Governor's seat in 2017.
That said, it will be a formidable outfit for TNA and the Jubilee coalition, one that will likely win it the whole of Nairobi, with Women representative Rachel Shebesh still very popular in the city.
The only complication will come if Wanjiru as she said Wednesday, sticks on her guns and has a go at Governorship.
" I will run for Governor in 2017. I believe I have the right tools to change Nairobi. I believe that I have the right ingredients to push the city forward, she said.
But with Sonko and previous contender Ferdinand Waititu also in the hat, it will likely pose a problem for TNA.
" I just think that there is one obvious candidate for TNA if he decides to go for Governor and that is Sonko," political analyst Michael Njenga says.
" If he goes for it, TNA will tell Wanjiru to step aside. I am sure that will be the message from the party, so unless it happens otherwise, I think Wanjiru's goose is cooked," he added.
Wanjiru failed miserably versus Sonko in the 2013 Senatorial race and that alone will be a stark reminder of where she starts from in this race.
" Now I'm building my name again. Now I build and then in future, we see how it goes. But I am confident I will have a big say in 2017," she added.
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