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Kindiki: I Outperformed Rigathi in Every Poll But Ruto Picked Him

Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki has said that Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua is Deputy President William Ruto’s personal choice for the running mate position. 

Speaking in an interview with Citizen TV, the senator argued he beat Gachagua in all competitive areas considered during the selection process but the DP sided with the MP. 

Kindiki said the electoral college and opinion polls conducted across the country put him at the top but the DP picked Gachagua after a 17-hour stalemate. 

“In the opinion polls that were carried out by the party, it is true that I emerged the winner. The opinion polls were carried out in 10 areas in the Mt Kenya region and all over the country 

“I also emerged top of the electoral college vote but there were other considerations. The selection of a running mate is also a personal issue and he had so many issues which he considered and settled on Gachagua,” Kindiki said. 

Kindiki clarified that nobody amongst the six leaders fronted for the position was asked to step down, noting that he and Gachagua failed to build consensus and asked DP Ruto and his team to pick the best man for the position. 

“Nobody asked anyone to step down. Instead, Rigathi and I were asked to build consensus which we couldn’t. We, therefore, decided that the party leader in consultation with the party make a decision and we would both support it,” he clarified. 

Deputy President William Ruto and Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki PHOTO/COURTESY

He, however, noted that he is contented with the outcome and termed the Ruto-Gachagua ticket as one that will deliver Kenya from problems brought by the Jubilee government. 

“That is the ticket that is going to liberate Kenya from the current situation where you have a government that you don’t understand, which lost contact with the electorate completely. That ticket is the ticket that would move Kenya from a country of politics to a country where the economy is superior,” Kindiki said. 

After missing the running mate slot, Kindiki announced that he was retiring from active politics starting August 10. 

He added that he will not be available for any appointive position. 

“My attempt having failed yesterday, I have taken the decision to take a break from elective politics starting August 10

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“I will use the break to reorganise myself as I support my party UDA and Kenya Kwanza to ensure they deliver to Kenyans on assuming office,” Kindiki said in a presser.

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