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Tracy Wanjiru: 23-Year-Old University Student Battling for UDA Presidential Ticket with DP Ruto

The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party has unveiled three aspirants who will be battling for the party’s presidential ticket. 

They include Deputy President William Ruto who doubles up as the party leader, Orina Jephanei and Tracy Kingoli Wanjiru.

In a statement, UDA secretary-general Veronica Maina invited the trio for nomination interviews slated for March 12, at the Hustler Plaza in Nairobi to determine their eligibility.

“We write to invite you for verification of your documents and interview to determine your eligibility as a presidential candidate,” read the letter in part.

Deputy President William Ruto is a past political meeting. PHOTO | COURTESY

Notably, Wanjiru is the only female and the youngest among the aspirants. 

The 23-year-old is currently a student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology  (JKUAT) pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Bio-Engineering.

Being a person living with a disability, she was excused from paying the required nomination fee of KSh 1 million as per UDA’s earlier directive. 

In an interview, Wanjiru said she applied for the position on February 28, after realising that no single woman or youth had declared interest in succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“What struck me most was the lack of any female leader to openly say they are contesting the top seat or even a youth, who are always labelled as the leaders of tomorrow, hiyo kesho imefika and that is why I decided to apply,” said Wanjiru adding that she was shocked to be invited for an interview.

UDA’s scheduled presidential nomination interviews are perceived to affirm the outfit’s democracy as many thought the second in command would be handed a direct ticket.

The candidate who will be handed the ticket will battle with ODM’s Raila Odinga, George Wajackoyah, Reuben Kigame, Justin Muturi, Musalia Mudavadi among other candidates who have declared interest in the top seat. 

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