Mt Kenya leaders backing President Uhuru Kenyatta have formed a new group aimed at not only solidifying support for the President but also will name and shame those who refuse to join.
Dubbed Mt Kenya and Diaspora Leadership Forum, the group incorporates both elected and non-elected leaders, among them former presidential candidates Peter Kenneth and Martha Karua. In Murang’a county, Mathioya MP Peter Kimari and his Kigumo counterpart Ruth Mwaniki have joined the group.
Nominated MP Maina Kamanda said the will help the President complete his development agenda and that they will go round the region making public the names of those who have declined to join.
The issue of Uhuru’s succession has heated up and complicated politics in central Kenya. The region had been assumed to be strongly behind Uhuru and Ruto as his successor.
Consequently, Uhuru’s backyard has been sharply divided. Some leaders are solidly behind the President, others back Deputy President William Ruto and his Tanga Tanga movement.
Kamanda also recommended the creation of a Prime Minister’s position during the widely anticipated constitutional referendum.
The immediate former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru said the pro-Uhuru forum will bring leaders together.
Kangema MP Muturi Kigano condemned the the pro-Ruto Tanga Tanga movement, saying its members have become “jukeboxes”. Kigano said they concentrated too much on politics and forget their commitment to the people.
Then there is the other group dubbed Stop Ruto movement which has also steadily taken shape, headed by David Murathe, the former Jubilee vice-chairman.
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