Tangatanga Members of Parliament from Mount Kenya Region have issued fresh irreducible demands to Deputy President William Ruto in his bid to succeed president Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Mount Kenya lawmakers held a night meeting where they lay out certain demands to the DP ahead of 2022 presidential elections.
The meeting was held at Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua’s residence in Karen, Nairobi County and was attended by 48 legislators from 11 Counties in Mount Kenya Region.
The legislators now want DP Ruto to unveil his plans he has for the region’s economic development. The leaders claimed that the region’s economic standing had been eroded and brought to its knees in the past five terms.
“We want our region to be guaranteed minimum returns under the Ruto presidency. All agricultural sectors are on their knees and we want him to tell us what he will do to resuscitate them,” Gachagua stated.
Further, the MPs demanded top political seats should the Ruto camp form the next government. Among the positions floated include the Deputy President slot, Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister slots – should the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) sail through, and other strategic positions.
Gachagua noted that once the economic plan and political slots are agreed upon, then they would lead DP’s campaign from the front. He added that the DP should publicly agree to the economic plan of reviving the region before 2022, should he want the backing of the MPs.
Two committees were reportedly formed to further the agenda during the meeting. The first committee comprises Meru Senator Mithika Linturi, MP Gachagua, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa, Alice Wahome (Kandara), John Kinyua (Laikipia), Tharaka Nithi Women representative Beatrice Nkatha and her Kirinyaga counterpart Wangui Ngirichi, Faith Gitau (Nyandarua), and Nominated MP Cecily Mbarire.
The committee fronting the economic revival plans will be chaired by Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro. He will be aided by Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, George Kariuki (Ndia) and John Muchiri (Manyatta).
The political scene continues to shape up as alliance and factions continue to be fronted in readiness for the 2022 elections.
This has seen the DP camp, Orange Democratic Movement and One Kenya Alliance express their interest in the top seat.