The Kikuyu Council of Elders convened one of is biggest meetings this year in Nyeri, bringing together a record of over 2,000 elders spanning across the counties of Nyeri,Kiambu,Laikipia,Muranga,Nakuru,Kirinyaga,Nakuru as well as Lamu. The meeting held at Kabiruini on the outskirts of Nyeri Town had a single declaration: Kikuyus will not support DP William Ruto and all his Central Kenya stooges in 2022.
In a strongly worded message to the DP and Central Kenya MPs going around the region with millions trying to win support for him, the elders said they will not allow any more disrespect being shown to President Uhuru Kenyatta and that the region will not be brokered for money by ‘tukunias’.
”No one carries a vote for another ,so those promising Ruto votes from the region, we know you; and you are not the first ‘tukunias’ in the history of the Kikuyu people.“We love peace, but our silence should not be taken for granted. The community will not bow to intimidation and threats. This is the message we are sending today and we will be taking around the country, ” said the council’s chair Wachira Kiago.
Vice chair David Muthoga accused Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa and Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro of promising Mr Ruto the support of the Kikuyu community before “consulting” the people.Speakers at the event also declared unwavering support for the handshake between President Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The Council’s Secretary Peter Munga accused Deputy President William Ruto of disrespecting President Uhuru by starting early 2022 campaigns in Mount Kenya region.He also said Ruto is a stumbling block in the president’s efforts to fight corruption.
“The DP has been playing petty politics meant to undermine the President and divide Central Kenya, despite the Head of State telling politicians to stop early campaigns.He is also at the forefront undermining the president’s efforts to eliminate corruption,” said Munga.
The event which was streamed live in two national television stations, also passed resolutions that no Kenyan should be intimidated by threats of violence or displacement if they did not vote in a certain manner.Multiple sources indicate powerful and high ranking politicians under President Uhuru’s blessings splashed a record 10 million shillings to organize and plan for this event.
Mr Kago said President Uhuru is and will remain the head of Kikuyu household and any leader disrespecting or undermining him, undermines the whole community.
”It is not right that our leader is defied and insulted as we watch. We converge here today to send a special message to our people. It is not courteous for Ruto to insist on invading our household without invitation and endorsement of the head of the household.President Kenyatta is the head of the Gikuyu household. It is the height of disrespect to come here behind his back and talk ill of him. Insulting our leader is insulting us all. It will not happen as we watch,” declared Mr Kiago.