In a bid to consolidate the vote rich Mt Kenya region and avoid the the invasion of intruders in his backyard President Uhuru Kenyatta has moved in to unite the region, ahead of the 2022 general election.
The head of state asked the leaders of the region to meet and discuss the challenges affecting the region and which includes the Deputy President William Ruto’s influence in the region and speaker Muturi coronation.
The meeting is scheduled for this coming weekend on Saturday July, 24, 2021, with the Agriculture CS Peter Munya confirming it was a move by the President to secure the region from intruders.
“We cannot afford to be in the opposition as we were under previous governments. There should be nothing like Mt Kenya East or Mt Kenya West,” Munya reiterated.
Reiterating the same, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui stated that the move was towards locking out leaders who plan to take advantage of the region’s voters and the division.
“Our numbers mean something and we need to make that count. We shall unite the region with other progressive forces to achieve our long-term interests,” Kinyanjui stated.
Among those expected to be in attendance will be Governors Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Martin Wambora (Embu), Mwangi wa Iria (Murang’a), Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri), Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and local leaders
The move comes just shortly after a similar one had been held at a location in Mt Kenya ahead of the just concluded Kiambaa by-elections where John Wanjiku of UDA trounced Jubilee’s Kariri Njama.
During that time Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru had warned the ruling outfit that it was losing touch with the locals and needed to rebrand ahead of the general election.
This comes amid calls for the ouster the party’s deputy Chairman David Murathe and Secretary General Raphael Tuju, with Tuju confirming plans underway to revamp the party.
He stated that “Yes, the team was strengthened but I cannot confirm the details you are asking me to. We are not rebranding but realigning.”