Kirinyaga Governor Joseph Ndathi has exuded confidence that he will be re-elected for a second term in the August elections.
Mr Ndathi said most of his competitors are inexperienced politically.
“A majority of the aspirants are beginners and may even give up their ambition before the elections,” he said on Wednesday at Baricho Town when he gave sportswear to football teams.
“Having been in politics for long, I’m more experienced than most of my rivals and I will definitely floor them. In a free, fair and democratic polls, I will defeat all my opponents hands down,” he added.
However, the county boss warned his political rivals against insulting him saying they should woo voters in a respectable manner.
“For the sake of peace, they should conduct their campaigns in a civilised manner.
“Everyone has a right to contest the county’s top seat and my rivals should leave voters to decide who will take over the gubernatorial seat in [the] August polls,” he said.
He reiterated that on his part, he will ensure peaceful campaigns devoid of name-calling and mudslinging.
The governor will face Narc Kenya’s Martha Karua, former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, Kirinyaga Central MP Gachoki Gitari, businessman Bedan Kagai and former minister Njeru Githae.
On the ongoing drought, Mr Ndathi assured the affected residents that relief food will be bought and distributed to them soon.
“My Government has set aside Sh10 million for purchasing relief food and there should be no cause for alarm,” said Mr Ndathi.