- Mathioya MP Peter Kimari says Mt Kenya should have a leader in the next government who will ensure that the region’s interests are taken care of.
- The leaders say that Muranga has been supportive of past governments and that it was high time a leader from the county is picked to represent the region nationally.
A section of Mt Kenya leaders now wants Raila Odinga to pick Peter Kenneth as his running mate in the 2022 Presidential Election.
Led by MPs Muturi Kigano (Kangema), Nduati Ngugi (Gatanga), Wangari Mwaniki (Kigumo), Peter Kimari (Mathioya) and newly nominated Senator Isaac Ngugi, the leaders revealed that they will start a series of negotiations meetings to have Kenneth picked as a handshake candidate in next year’s polls.
According to the leaders, Kenneth is a tested and proven leader who has been a staunch supporter of President Uhuru Kenyatta and has worked with Raila giving him the required experience to work with the former prime minister.
“With Uhuru being our advisor after exiting government, we strongly feel that Kenneth has the wisdom and the experience to sit at the national bargaining table,” Mathioya MP said.
Kimari maintained that Mt Kenya should have a leader in the next government who will ensure that the region’s interests are taken care of.
The leaders say that Murang’a has been supportive of past governments and that it was high time a leader from the county is picked to represent the region nationally.
“This region has produced three Presidents; Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and President Kenyatta from Kiambu and retired President Mwai Kibaki from Nyeri… so we now feel this is our time to produce a national leader,” MP Ngugi said.
He added that the County produced Charles Rubia and Kenneth Matiba who fought for the second liberation of the country and that this is payback time.
The group revived the Kariuki Njiiri narrative, the Kigumo MP who in 1961 vacated his seat for Mzee Jomo Kenyatta to join Legco. This was key to Mzee Kenyatta ascending to the presidency in 1963. Basing on this, they say that it is time Murang’a produces a national leader
“Kenneth is a perfect brand for Raila. Muranga has been so selfless on political decisions and that is why we want him to be a handshake candidate. I was once his employee and his track record defends him plus he is a leader without a blemish of corruption,” MP Mwaniki added.
Senator Ngugi on his part urged the public to be cautious when electing the next president, saying that they should vouch for a leader who embodies national unity.
Kenneth promised that when picked for the top job, he will not frustrate Mt Kenya region or Raila.