Following the coronation of Justin Muturi as the Mt Kenya East region spokesman on Saturday, several leaders in the region have alleged that the move is inconsequential.
Embu, Kikuyu, and Meru elders endorsed the National Assembly Speaker as spokesman in a traditional ceremony.
The elders and Mr Muturi have insisted that the ceremony was not a political move. According to them, it was a cultural move.
However, several leaders have pointed out that the event was layered with political undertones.
Richard Maore, the Igembe North MP, said that the coronation ceremony was unnecessary, misguided, and unfortunate.
He noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta was still the spokesman of the Mt. Kenya region.
“We had a meeting in Sagana, and I do not remember us leaving any gap for Speaker Muturi to fill. The President is still the spokesman of the Mt Kenya region. This is an unnecessary move, especially when we are trying to drum support for the Building Bridges Initiative,” Mr Maore said.
Additionally, the legislator faulted Muturi for going to Meru without the blessings of elected leaders in the region.
He noted that the absence of local leaders means that the ceremony was an initiation and not a coronation.
He said that they are waiting for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive on the issue.