Details have emerged on how president Uhuru Kenyatta is working behind the scenes to unite Mount Kenya region and team up with other politicians from across the country to hand DP Ruto a resounding defeat.
It all began with a breakfast meeting held at a Nairobi hotel yesterday which laid bare the latest attempts by President Uhuru Kenyatta to reach out to the allies of Deputy President William Ruto in the Mt Kenya and bring them back to the fold.
Well-placed sources said the meeting, convened by former Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, was the culmination of efforts by the President to reach out to all Mt Kenya political leaders, including those allied to Ruto ahead of the General Election and are geared towards ensuring the region goes to polls as a bloc.
Among those present at yesterday’s meeting were Kiunjuri, the leader of The Service Party, Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua and a host of Kieleweke lawmakers who support President Uhuru and his Handshake partner Raila Odinga.
They included Kanini Kega (Kieni), Sabina Chege (Murang’a Woman Rep), Kabinga Wachira (Mwea) and Jude Njomo (Kiambu).
Kiunjuri, a Ruto ally, confirmed a meeting of all leaders from the region, irrespective of their affiliation, to chart the way forward for the President’s backyard ahead of 2022.
“The meeting was convened because of the unity of Mt Kenya which must happen. We also met to prepare for the larger meeting that we expect to hold soon and whose dates we will be announcing tomorrow,” he stated.
“Parties will remain independent but despite this, we must ensure there is unity of our people,” added Kiunjuri.
Karua who also participated in the meeting on her part said that they had met to deliberate on matters touching on Mt Kenya region.
“Today the commitment is the unity of purpose of the people of Mt Kenya. We have resolved that we are going to reach out to every sitting MP from the region and we hope they will be present in our next meeting. We are committed to our unity of purpose, we are committed to multipartism and nobody is being told to leave their parties,” she said.
Uhuru is said to have dispatched emissaries, led by a sitting CS from the Rift valley region, to reach out to Kiunjuri, who he fell out with and even fired from the Cabinet.
“Uhuru has settled on Kiunjuri because he lacks someone from the region whom he can trust and in the last few weeks, he has been sending people to talk to him so that he can agree to lead the talks,” said the source who did not want to be named as quoted by a local media house.