Waititu and Nyoro settle for a 'nusu mkate' arrangement in a bid to beat William Kabogo

James Nyoro (left) with Baba Yao during a recent roadshow in Kikuyu

Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu Baba Yao and his running mate James Nyoro have ganged up against Governor William Kabogo ahead of the April 21, party nominations.

Baba Yao, a hardcore street-wise politician, and Nyoro, a former adviser in the office of Deputy President, signed an MoU hoping to beat the incumbent in the Jubilee party nominations.

“I withdrew my candidature and opted for a deal that elevates me to a co-principal in the Kiambu government,” Nyoro said.

His MoU with Waititu, Nyoro says, is to ensure they blend their leadership skills.

“Waititu will lead the political and social pillars while I will be in charge of management of resources,” Nyoro said adding that, “You can be a good leader but a poor politician. What we need in Kiambu is a blend of both qualities in one ticket.”

The Waititu-Nyoro power deal involves sharing senior appointments such as County Executive Committee (CEC) members.

Kiambu Govenor William Kabogo has dismissed the show of unity, claiming he will still beat the two by midday on election day.

“Just imagine my opponents are uniting to fight one person. I want to tell them that even with a joint candidate, I will still beat them. In fact, before noon, I would have won the party nominations,” he said.

Last month, an opinion poll by TIFA indicated that Kabogo is leading with 46 per cent ahead of Waititu at 33 per cent.

Another survey by Infotrack carried between March 3 and 5 put Kabogo ahead at 48.9 per cent, closely followed by Waititu at 31.8 percent. Nyoro was placed third at 4.5 per cent.

Kiambu, the home turf of President Uhuru Kenyatta, has 12 constituencies. The president often skips public meetings in the area due to fierce rivalry between the two contenders.

In 2013, Kabogo garnered 487,631 votes against Nyoro’s 241,658.