In the clearest indication so far yet that all may not be okay in the Kieleweke wing of Jubilee as far as Peter Kenneth is concerned, the former assistant minister has come out to openly oppose the president in his first display of opposition against Uhuru ever since he ran against him in the 2013 general elections.
Speaking in Kiria-ini Catholic Church, Mathioya, Peter Kenneth said that the next president should be elected on the basis of the policies they intend to put in place in order to help Kenyans, and because of this, Central Kenya should be free to present a presidential candidate in the upcoming elections.
This seemed to be a direct contradiction to the president who said that the country’s presidency had been circulating between two communities, and that perhaps it was time for someone else to lead.
Peter Kenneth is one of the political leaders hoping to take over from the President as the Kingpin of the Mt Kenya region Others include Murang’a governor Mwangi Wa Iria, his Kirinyaga counterpart Ann Waiguru and former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri. Kenneth further underscored the need for the region to speak in one voice saying it is the only way it can negotiate for its future.
“We have to demonstrate how many votes we can bring together as a region so we can negotiate with others,” Kenneth said.
He nevertheless maintained his support for the BBI report, lambasting those who are against it for simply opposing yet unable to offer valid reasons for their reservations.
“This bill has come to equalize all Kenyans. Those fighting it should come out and say exactly what they think is wrong with it,” Kenneth said.
On matters far from politics, Peter Kenneth touched on the criminal justice sector, and the need for the criminal justice systems to treat all equally.
Anybody who breaches the law should be held accountable, Kenneth said, and that those caught up in criminal cases should stop crying foul.
“The law should be followed to the letter. We cannot postpone criminal justice until after the political period is over,” he added.