The Star (Nairobi)

22 January 2013

Kenya: Githunguri to Spend Sh1 Governace On Senator Bid

Former Kiambaa MP Stanley Githunguri has set aside Sh1 billion for his campaigns for his senator bid. Githunguri faces TNA's candidate business tycoon Kimani Wamatangi, Narc's George Nyanja and Saba Saba Asili's Terry Wairimu.

Speaking yesterday at Kiboko Highway Motel in Limuru town, Githunguri said he has put aside Sh1 billion to spend in the campaign. The former MP said he has identified a team of 140 people who he is going to work with.

Githunguri said he will officially launch his bid on January 27, but his campaign will start today. "I will make sure my campaign team is well-funded," said Githunguri. "We have divided the county into two areas, the eastern part comprising Kabete, Kikuyu, Kiambaa, Kiambu, Lari and Limuru and the western part consisting of Thika, Juja, Ruiru, Gatundu South and North."

He said each region will be given four vehicles. "We have arranged rallies and roadshows every weekend. I have set up a campaign secretariat which is open to ideas and suggestions and and feedback from the people," said the aspirant.

Githunguri, who has a heavy security ring around him, has a formidable challenger in the name of Wamatangi. The TNA aspirant is also expected to run a well-oiled. Githunguri said he is not an "enemy of the Kiambu people".

The former MP said he is not afraid of his rivals and asked them to run an "insult-free" campaign. "I ask my detractors to keep away from mudslinging and propaganda," said the aspirant. "Kiambu people are known for their decency, they will not be drawn into insults."

He reminded the people that he is a friend of Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and has a development track record. "My development record speaks for itself and my CDF was rated the best in the county," said Githunguri.

"I am committed to be become the Kiambu senator." Githunguri was the Kiambaa MP from 2007 after beating the late Njenga Karume. I have shown the ability to work with everybody across the board and source for partners as long as my people enjoy the fruits," said Githunguri.

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