The Star (Nairobi)

4 February 2013

Kenya: Governor Aspirant Picks Corporate Woman for Running Mate

Kiambu governor aspirant James Nyoro has picked a woman as his running mate.

Speaking in Gatundu after the IEBC cleared him to run for governor on a Narc ticket on Saturday, Dr Nyoro said he chose Beth Wangui Kimani due to her wide experience in the corporate world.

She has a Business Studies degree from Greenwich University in the UK. Kimani, who comes from Ngoingwa in Thika, had initially expressed interest in the senator seat.

She pledged to improve education by addressing the primary to secondary school transition, starting talent academies and increasing access to HELB loans.

Nyoro's opponents -- William Kabogo and Gakuru Karanja -- have picked men as their running mates. Nyoro promised to turn around agriculture in the county.

He said that will make Kiambu Nairobi's breadbasket and simultaneously create employment and fight poverty. Nyoro said this will be possible if the prices of fertiliser and other inputs are lowered.

He said Kiambu has performed badly in the past due to the lack of proper governance structures, which are now in place thanks to the devolved system of government. The former Rockefeller MD said the county requires a governor with the right managerial skills and not a politician.

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