Nzioka Waita: I Am Being Pressured To Drop My Machakos Gubernatorial Bid
Written by Inka FM on 7 February 2022
State House Chief of Staff and Machakos gubernatorial hopeful Nzioka Waita claims that he is being persuaded to shelve his political ambitions.
Waita, addressing journalists on Sunday in Machakos, said that he is being nudged by unnamed political power players in the Ukambani region to pave the way for long-time politicians in the August polls.
“Watu wengi wamenipea pressure wanasema hawataki nisimame, wanasiasa wakubwa katika jamii ya Wakamba ambao wanasema ni vizuri niwapishie wabunge wengine wang’anganie hii kiti ya ugavana,” Waita said.
He asserted that he remains unmoved by the alleged coercion, saying he is ready to embark on campaigns as he seeks to popularize his bid.
“Hii kiti tunaenda kuichukua, nataka watu wakae standby. Ninakuja kuwaona tukubaliane vile hii kaunti tutaifanya namba moja Kenya,” he added.
Waita is set to tender his resignation from his State House post on Tuesday, February 8, to focus on his political ambitions.
“I will work till the 9th of February at 5 am. I will then make a farewell call to the president and ask for his blessings and support as well as thank him for allowing me to work for the people of Kenya in his service,” he told Citizen TV last week.
He has also stated that he will be vying under a party in the Azimio La Umoja outfit.
Other than Waita, the Machakos gubernatorial race has also attracted players such as Mavoko MP Patrick Makau, Transport CAS Wavinya Ndeti, former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, Machakos County Assembly Speaker Florence Mwangangi and Deputy Governor Francis Maliti, among others.