The race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta as Mt Kenya region’s political kingpin promises to be a grueling and tricky one.
Behind-the-scenes political machinations are in top gear with politicians lobbying to ‘inherit’ the vote-rich region.
The region is literally walking on a political tight rope, if the events witnessed since 2017 are anything to go by. Never before has the region being so divided politically heading into a general election.
So far, the electorates have been forced to pledge allegiance to either Tangatanga or Kieleweke, the two rivaling Jubilee Party factions.
Tangatanga leaders insist that the region should support a DP Ruto presidency in 2022, because of the gentleman’s agreement between Uhuru and his deputy in 2013.
On the other hand, Kieleweke leaders are accusing Tangatanga of disrespecting President Uhuru by engaging in premature campaigns.
Tune in to TV47 tonight at 9 pm on your favourite political show, ‘Pundits Night’, as we discuss the “Mt Kenya Succession Quest”.
MPs Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) amd former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo will help the matter into perspective.
Who will take over from President Uhuru as Mt Kenya’s political kingpin?
On Saturday, the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta took a fresh twist after National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi was installed as Mt. Kenya region spokesperson.
Muturi was given the mandate to seek the country’s highest office in 2022. In a ceremony presided over by the Njuri Ncheke elders at their shrines in Nchiru, Meru County, Muturi was given the mandate to search for the country’s top seat in 2022.
He joins an already crowded field of those who want to be Mt Kenya region political kingpins. MP Moses Kuria, Governors Mwangi wa Iria, Kiraitu Murungi, and Anne Waiguru, former CS Mwangi Kiunjuri and former presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth have expressed their desire to take over Uhuru’s echelons.