Murang’a Governor Wa Iria commitment on Saturday in Murang’a County during his homecoming, days subsequent to embracing the candidature of Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua.
“I have 600,021 voters and I have showed the direction to take and we have a strong relationship with them,” he said.
The second term Governor, who is serving his last term in office, was first elected in 2013 under The National Alliance Party where he got 336,070 votes.
He was later re-elected in 2017 under the Jubilee Party getting 349, 904 votes.
The Usawa Kwa Wote Party Leader joined efforts with Odinga on July 19 saying the two share similar belief systems and yearnings for the Kenyan public.
“When I was in trouble it is Odinga who reached out and asked me what was the problem,” Wa Iria said in reference to his botched attempt to vie for presidency in August.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) barred Wa Iria from contesting in the race after he failed to meet the necessary limit.
During the rally on Saturday, Wa Iria asserted that Odinga’s rivals – Kenya Kwanza Alliance — were behind his woes.
“They planned to have me out of the equation so that they can claim the votes in Murang’a but I want to tell them that they will not succeed,” Wa Iria said.
With sixteen days to the polls, Governor Wa Iria swore to stir things up around town popularizing the candidature of Odinga and Karua.
The former Prime Minister who welcomed Wa Iria to the overlap promised to adopt some of his policies notably the “one home one cow” pledge to the people of Murang’a.
Odinga requested that the Murang’a occupants back his bid in August even as he vowed to fight corruption.
“I will protect your taxes and ensure it is not plundered and use the money in developing our country,” he said.
Karua on her part asked the residents to be deliberate on whom they will be voting in August.
“Corruption is the main source of our problems in the country but that can be changed when you go to the ballot in two weeks time,” she said.
Figures released by the electoral body following the an audit of the voters roll indicated Murang’a County had a total of 647, 806 registered voters.