Wa Iria reveals ‘real reason’ he was blocked from presidential race
By Joshua Cheloti
Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has opened up about the behind-the-scenes events that led to his presidential paper being rejected by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The Council of Governors’ (CoG) chairman was among multiple presidential candidates that IEBC declined to clear to be on the ballot.
Only four out of the over 50 that had expressed interest in the state house job made it to the presidential ballot for the August 9, 2022, general election.
Speaking in Murang’a on Saturday, July 23, 2022, Wa Iria claimed IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati colluded with some individuals who were keen on having him out of the presidential race.
The reason for being locked out of the race, the Usawa Kwa Wote party leader said, was his opponents who felt his candidature would put them in jeopardy.
“Chebukati colluded with people who have been thinking that Mt. Kenya region is their zone. They met and said if I vied, I would jeopardize their bid,” said the county boss.
Wa Iria spoke at Mumbi grounds in Murang’a town when he hosted Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga. The governor recently joined the Azimio team.
According to the county boss who is serving his second, and last term, individuals behind his troubles in getting clearance to vie for the presidency are those allied to the Kenya Kwanza team.
He cautioned the Murang’s people against supporting them, pointing out that they (his opponents) are out to use them.
“They want to use Murang’a people like tissue paper. They had to curtail me so that an individual can get his way. Whoever did it is not Raila. They will do the same thing to the people of Murang’a if they are elected. They did just like King Herod did when he ordered the execution of all sons to preserve his rule. They want to be worshipped,” Wa Iria said.