BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,10TH OCT,2021-A group of influential personalities drawn from the Mt Kenya region has maintained that President Uhuru Kenyatta remains the only recognized leader of the region.
As a result, the caucus consisting of professionals, the business community, women, and youth groups from the Head of State’s backyard, insist that the President will point the people of Mt. Kenya on whom to back once his term in office comes to an end.
And that’s not all. They want anyone seeking the support of Central Kenya people to get the blessings of President Kenyatta.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta is our kingpin in the Mountain. (Former Minister) John Michuki (deceased) told us if anyone wants to enter Mt. Kenya then he must do that through President Kenyatta.” Mt. Kenya Foundation Vice Chairperson Titus Ibui declared.
“Respect our President. If you don’t respect him and call him names Mt. Kenya people will not be with you … Uhuru to us is more than a leader, he’s a Muthamaki (Kingpin)” He added
Speaking Thursday during a meeting with Okoa Kenya Alliance (OKA) leaders at Safari Park hotel, Ibui was categorical that even though they are according all Presidential hopefuls an opportunity to share their ideas with the region’s electorate, they will insist on unity in the country.
This they said is what President Kenyatta initiated when he closed ranks with Opposition leader Raila Odinga after a divisive 2017 presidential poll.
“We are here to talk about unity and build on ‘Handshake’ which he initiated about five years ago,” Ibui remarked.
MKF chairman Peter Munga was categorical that the Mt. Kenya region was going through a succession process where the term of President Kenyatta is coming to an end and as such the people must be told who holds their best interests at heart.
“When there is a succession people need to be informed on who will be their leaders and what they would do for them so that they can elect them with wisdom and that knowledge.” Munga, who founded Equity bank said
“The one who will take over from President Uhuru Kenyatta is he/she who is prepared to be a servant of the 47 million people of Kenya. That is the one we want to identify.” Munga added
Munga appeared to indicate that their influence should not be underestimated, recalling a moment in 2007, when the same group approached Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to support their candidate then President Mwai Kibaki. He said had Kalonzo yielded to their wishes things would have turned out different.
“He (Kalonzo) got 800,000 votes and that would have given our candidate an unassailable lead and we would not have witnessed the post-election violence of 2008,” Munga remarked