Africa-Press – Kenya. Kiambu businesswoman, Pauline Waithera, popularly known as mama mboga has now come out and dismissed reports she has been abandoned by President William Ruto. Waithera defended the head of state from accusations of ‘use and dump’, terming it a smear campaign.
“That is nonsense and I don’t want nonsense. Ruto has been my friend since 2013. I have loved him since then, people don’t know why I came to love Ruto,” she said in a circulated video clip.
She continued, “I am very much annoyed. Who told these people I have problems? My house has never been closed, my child has never been sent home and I can afford food because of Ruto,” the 70-year-old said.
Waithera also revealed that Ruto gifted her Sh300, 000 a day after she accompanied her to Bomas to present his nomination papers to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Waithera has been the subject of discussion with a section firing a barrage of criticisms against Ruto for turning his back on her. In an article by The Nation on June 5, the businesswoman who runs a grocery business at Kang’ang’i market was captured saying she is now poor.
“I don’t know what you will write after this interview but don’t forget to mention that I am very angry with politicians who used me for political gains during campaigns and have now abandoned me,” she is quoted.
It reads, “I was used to illustrate how poor people will benefit from the Ruto government through bottom-up but even after they won the presidential election. I was not even invited to Kasarani Stadium during the inauguration of Presidency Ruto and his deputy. I spent the whole day crying at home, people were laughing at me”.
Waithera is said to have claimed that the UDA used her to lie to her fellow poor people. “I have come to realise this tactic was to get the poor people to vote for Ruto en masse in the hope that things would get better,” she said.