At least 8 leaders from the vote- rich mount Kenya region have expressed interest in taking the baton from president Kenyatta come 2022.
Mwangi Wa Iria, Murang’a governor
Unknown to many is the fact that Wa Iria has secretly established presidential campaign centre complete with a secretariat at an upscale estate in Nairobi.
The move is however maintained “secret” so as not to be seen as opposing his party boss ,Mr. Kenyatta.
“He will contest the presidency. He has been very clear about that. This is his second term [as governor] and hence cannot contest for the seat again. He can only go up,” James Mwangi, the governors’ private secretary said.
In what many saw as a pull from jubilee party,Wa Iria in June last year registered Civic Renewal Party (CRP).
The parties headquarters named usawa house are located at Lavington in Nairobi.
Besides the Murang’a governor are other seven including:
- Former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth
- Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru
- Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.
- Former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri
Others who have also expressed interest include:
- Former Justice Minister and Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua,
- Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia
- former presidential candidate Joseph Nyagah.
Nevertheless,Peter Kenneth has remained the talk of the region even as he drum up support for the big seat from the region’s leaders.
It has been rumoured that President Kenyatta has been reaching out to Peter Kenneth in the much awaited cabinet reshuffle.
Kenneth has continued to intensify his political influence in the region.
“I am ready to help the President and I have been helping him so that in the next two years he can finish all that he wants to do to the people of Kenya. But when he retires, we the people of Mt Kenya have the largest population in Kenya. We have to be on the table,” Kenneth declared late last month.
While talking to the star Newspaper ,One of his closest political allies Alhajj Amin, however, told the Star that it’s the people who have asked Kenneth to take over the leadership mantle.
Amin is a younger brother to Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, a close ally of ODM Leader Raila Odinga.
He said that Kenneth will be in the front line to champion the Building Bridges Initiative Ralies in the mount Kenya.
According to Dr. Charles Nyambuga,a political commentator from Maseno University, Peter Kenneth stand a very high chance to take the mantle from Kenyatta.
“He is an older hand, more tried and tested by the key Mt Kenya politicos,” says the university don.
He added that for Waiguru,her rise to the top seat is fully dependent on how she plays her local politics.
The Kirinyaga governor survived an impeachment motion tabled by her MCA’s that sought to see her out on grounds of gross violation of the constitution and graft.
Kenneth has frequented Mount Kenya as the chief guest in numerous projects launch.
Some of his allies include;
MPs Joseph Nduati (Gatanga)
Peter Kimari (Mathioya)
Gichuki Mugambi (Othaya)
Water PS Joseph Irungu
Education CAS Zack Kinuthia.
Decision to have Mr. Kenneth as My Kenya’s kingpin was birthed at a lunch meeting at Pan Afrique hotel.
In attendance were Speaker Justin Muturi, Agriculture CS Peter Munya, Governors Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia) and Majority leader Amos Kimunya.
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