Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has surprised many by joining the chorus of Mount Kenya leaders criticizing Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua in the political showdown for Mount Kenya dominance.

Waiguru, also the Chairperson of the Council of Governors (CoG), on Monday criticized Gachagua for allegedly undermining the political ambitions of leaders from Mount Kenya. She said such actions go against the Constitution and democratic principles.

In a brief statement on her social media account, Waiguru, serving her second and final term, stated, “Public officers, like those holding the position of deputy president, should not treat it as personal property. It is wrong for anyone to suggest that it is taboo for anyone to dream of being deputy president.”

She added, “While we respect the office of the Deputy President, like other leadership positions, sustainable democracy does not allow us, as holders of these offices, to treat them as personal possessions to the extent that it seems like an invitation for someone else to dream of holding them. We hold these offices on behalf of the citizens, not as personal entitlements.”

The Kirinyaga Governor emphasized that every Kenyan, including women and youth, have the right to pursue their dreams of holding any leadership position in the country.

According to analysts, Waiguru’s statement indicates her interest in vying for the position of Deputy President alongside Ruto in the 2027 general elections.

“It is clear now that Waiguru has joined the list of Mount Kenya politicians aiming to sideline Gachagua to be nominated as Ruto’s running mate in the 2027 general elections. Initially, it was thought that Ndindi Nyoro was eyeing that position,” said Dismus Mokua, a political and leadership analyst.

Undermine Gachagua Waiguru’s statement came a day after Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga warned about what he termed as a plot by certain leaders to undermine Gachagua in the Kenya Kwanza government.

Speaking on Sunday in the Kieni constituency of Nyeri County, the Governor claimed that some leaders from Mount Kenya were being used by “many people” to stir up discord between the Deputy President and his boss, President William Ruto.

“We will not allow such a thing that will make Gachagua go through the suffering that Ruto underwent during the rule of Uhuru Kenyatta,” he said.

For some time now, Nyoro, who chairs the National Assembly Budget Committee, has been seen as a “threat” to Gachagua’s desire to continue as Deputy President if Ruto emerges victorious in the 2027 general elections.

But according to Mokua, Waiguru’s move to position herself among politicians believed to be eyeing Gachagua’s position is a strategy to make her appear as an “unappreciated prophet at home.”

“Moreover, Waiguru may be positioning herself for the role following President Ruto’s suggestion that in the coming years, presidential candidates should nominate women as running mates to bring them closer to national leadership,” he explained.

According to the Constitution, governors, like the President, are not allowed to hold the position for more than two terms.

This is why Waiguru is now preparing for another leadership position after completing her second term in 2027.