Charity Ngilu, the governor of Kitui, surprised the nation today with a major announcement.
Ngilu said that she would not run for re-election in the forthcoming general election on August 9 when speaking in Kitui County at the Azimio event, which was attended by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
During his Wednesday tour to Kitui County, Raila announced Ngilu’s decision to withdraw from the campaign for governor.
Ngilu would instead focus her energies on Raila’s national presidential campaign, he said, vowing to grant her an appointment if they were to establish the government.
“You will choose between former senator David Musila and former governor Julius Malombe as your governor. Mama and I need to go to Nairobi,” Raila said.
After Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki announced a similar leave from elective politics after losing the bid to succeed UDA presidential candidate William Ruto, Ngilu is the second prominent politician to do so.