Nairobi Gubernatorial candidate Agnes Kagure is very bitter and lonely after honorable guests she had invited to the official launch of her campaign snubbed her.
Sources revealed that Kagure had invited all the Azimio leaning leaders in Nairobi, including Raila Odinga, but none of them showed up.
Only Tigania East MP Mpuru Aburi attended her launch stating that he had been sent by ODM Party leader Raila Odinga.
Kagure abandoned reading her speech, she left her function in a huff.
It was embarrassing to her as she desperately called each one of her big guests but they turned her down.
She intends to run on a Jubilee Party ticket.
Many of her delegation were left without allowances as they were left stranded at the Moi Kasarani International Sports Centre Indoor Arena.
Other bigwigs the aspirant had invited included Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju, vice chair David Murathe and former Starehe MP Maina Kamanda. But nonetheless, Kagure went ahead to launch the campaign at the Kasarani Indoor Arena with family members and friends attending the event.
Kagure said she had invited Raila and Ida Odinga to the function. To put on a brave face, Kagure told the crowd she believed those who missed her event could have joined Raila in celebrating his 77th birthday at Bomas of Kenya.
The crowd could not keep silent as many broke into laughter, and made noises. By invoking Raila’s name, Kagure showed she was keen to win the ODM leader’s support.
To sum up the bad day for Kagure, as she made this making-up speech, the curtain decoration behind her fell exposing the bare background.
She had paid a television station to air the function live which backfired as people now saw the shody show. Kagure now joins Governor Anne Kananu and Margaret Wanjiru as the women who have expressed interest in the seat.
Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee and Raila’s ODM are considering fielding a joint candidate for the Nairobi seat under the Azimio la Umoja coalition in this year’s election.
Kagure’s name first featured last year when the courts struck off impecahed governor Mike Sonko’s case paving the way for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to announce the date for the by-election. It was then reported that ODM and Jubilee were considering fielding a joint candidate for the by-election that IEBC had slated for February 18.
Kagure’s name was among the two the two parties – Jubilee and ODM – had submitted to IEBC of the aspirants cleared to contest their respective primaries. Jubilee had cleared her together with former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru who was the Building Bridges Initiative co-chairman. Tuju confirmed the two names had been submitted to the IEBC.
But the by-election did not take place after the High Court barred IEBC from conducting it until the determination of several cases challenging Sonko’s ouster were heard.
Ann Kananu was later sworn in as Nairobi Governor.