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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,6TH MARCH,2021-Just hours after Speaker Justin Muturi was installed by the Njuri Nceke council of elders as Mt Kenya spokesman,the move has been met with resistance from a section of leaders allied to president Uhuru Kenyatta. According to the nominated MP Maina Kamanda who is seen as a close friend of the president, Muturi is rather being used by Tangatanga to fight President Uhuru Kenyatta in his backyard.
The former Starehe MP said the installation was insignificant and inconsequential as President Uhuru is still the region’s kingpin and spokesman
The speaker was coronated in an elaborate event attended by hundreds of elders, largely from his Mt Kenya backyard.
This prepares him to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
He is the fifth leader to be installed by Njuri Nceke, being Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta, former President Mwai Kibaki, President Kenyatta, and Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi.
Elders and political leaders from the region have been laying ground for Muturi’s bid for presidency in 2022.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya is at the event.
The Star established that those backing the speaker are also going flat out to package him as a 2022 presidential candidate.
The idea is that the 64-year-old speaker is “a safe pair of hands to bring the community together’.
Muturi has been approached by the Njuri Nceke Council of Elders, the Kiama Kiama Kikuyu Council of Elders, the Embu and Mbeere Cultural Elders, as well as religious leaders.
Several MPs, not only from the speaker’s Mt Kenya East backyard but also from other counties in Central, have joined the push.
The feeling is that it is time their ‘cousins from the West’ returned a helping hand and supported a leader from the East.