Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire has picked an influential teacher’s union official as her running mate in the race for the Embu gubernatorial seat.
Ms Mbarire settled on Mbeere branch Kenya National Union of Teachers Executive Secretary Dickson Murunguma from a pool of about 10 professionals from Mbeere South who had expressed interest.
She said she opted for someone from Mbeere community in order to boost cohesion among the various communities in the region.
Other factors were gender and regional balance.
“I made intense consultations before settling on the suitable candidate. I also considered the age factor. Since Mr Murunguma is older, my government would be able to bring all people on board,” she said at Cecily Mbarire centre.
Ms Mbarire also assured her deputy that he would have clear roles and responsibilities and be actively involved in running the government.
“In my government, the deputy will be clearly involved and would step in during my absence. My deputy will not just sit in the office doing nothing,” she added.
The legislator also cited Mr Murunguma’s experience in leadership at various levels and his education, degree in human resources and masters in peace studies and conflict management as key to proper governance.