Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, claims that renowned media personality Janet Mbugua has turned down his offer to deputize him in his Kiambu gubernatorial bid.
The lawmaker claimed in a series of Tweets on Thursday morning that Ms. Mbugua had declined due to personal reasons, and that he is “shattered.”
“I am shattered. After scoring the highest marks in the talent search for Kiambu Deputy Governor, Janet Mbugua will not be taking up the job due to unforeseen personal emergencies that she has to attend to in the immediate term,” wrote the MP.
While hailing the media perspnality as an inspirational figure in the society, Kuria stated that his government would nonetheless seek her partnership in future should he clinch Kiambu’s top seat in the August polls.
“My administration will definitely find a way to benefit from @OfficialJMbugua experience and capacity in the future. I feel the loss. Janet is a huge inspiration for the youth, for professionals, for women and for young mothers of this country,” he added.
The lawmaker has previously said that he is seeking a female candidate to deputize him. In a statement issued on March 9, the Mr. Kuria stressed that any aspiring successor must meet the threshold for all of his requirements.
“Moses Kuria is seeking to deploy his 15 years solid experience in banking locally and abroad and 9 years as a member of Parliament with a proven delivery record to transform Kiambu County to the same status as the City-State of Singapore,” read a section of the statement.
“To deliver on this programme, Moses Kuria is looking for an aggressive, self-motivated, self-driven lady professional to take up the role of the Deputy Governor.”
The MP went on to describe his deputy’s qualifications as one of academic excellence and leadership experience.
“Master’s Degree and a proven track record leading a complex organization with at least 10 years of work experience, five of which must be at the senior executive level.
The Chama Cha Kazi (CCM) party leader stresses that the applicant must be a Kiambu County resident.
The legislator has further urged interested candidates to send their resumes by March 18.
In the Kimabu gubernatorial race, Kuria will be facing off with six contestants: Kiambu Governor James Nyoro and Senator Kimani Wamatangi, Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and Ferdinand Waititu.
Others in the heated race include Thika Town MP Patrick Wainaina and Mwende Gatabaki, the wife of economist David Ndii.