Mt Kenya region politics in the run-up to the 2022 General Election is a clear divide between the ‘city of God’ and the ‘city of Satan’, this is according to Prof Kagwanja Peter.
Speaking on Monday on TV47’s Pundits Night show, the renowned governance expert says that the vote-rich region is currently in a political crisis and that it is a victim of Deputy President Wiliam Ruto’s lies “and wanton corruption.”
The only solution to reconstruct the region and Kenya as a society, Prof Kagwanja says, Kenyans need to base their politics on principles and clear policies.
“Moral regeneration does not mean holding the bible and preaching in the streets. We are going to do politics but we are going to draw a very clear line between the city of Satan which is the ‘hustler nation’, that you have to steal, you have to con, you have to take others for a ride, you have to lie that you haven’t been in government, when in essence you are the one driving the government…and here you present yourself as an angel. That is the immoral nation that we don’t want,” said Prof Kagwanja.
The Chief Executive of Africa Policy Institute slammed DP Ruto over his hustler narrative, insisting that he is taking advantage of poor youth in the country for his political gains.
“[DP Ruto] You don’t want to tell youth that been a hustler an endgame. A hustler must be told that Jomo Kenyatta was once a hustler, he did not die a hustler…Kenneth Matiba was once a hustler, he did not die a hustler…
“Daniel Moi was once a hustler walking from Kabartonjo to Nandi, he did not die a hustler. So a hustler is a very delicate and troubling position that you should aspire to get out of it,” added Prof Kagwanja.
Prof Kagwanja defends Muturi’s coronation
As Kiama Kia Ma patron for Murang’a County, Prof Kagwanja was part of the council of elders which coronated National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi as Mt Kenya region spokesperson.
He has defended the decision, accusing politicians opposed to the move, led by Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria, of playing petty identity politics of deceit and malice without prior knowledge.
“First you must gain acceptance among the Embu, you have to gain acceptance among the Meru and you gain acceptance among the Agikuyu. After you have done that, then you are presented to the nation. We have a problem in Mt Kenya region…There is too much rogue politicians entering power and as a result we are craving not for a hustler nation but a moral nation in the region. The selection of Muturi was not by politicians- because they are immoral and corrupt, but by clean elders.”