2022 Presidential hopefuls have been pitching camp in the Mt. Kenya region, seeking to get a share of the huge voting block known to decide many of Kenya’s recent presidential results.
On July 27, ODM leader Raila Odinga was in Murang’a county accompanied by ODM legislators and a host of other leaders from the area.
At the home of Royal Media Services owner SK Macharia, top businessmen and politicians from the region welcomed Raila to an event attended by hundreds of musicians.
The event that was supposed to address matters concerning musicians turned political, with Raila Odinga warning Ruto of a Tsunami in 2022.
Before Raila’s statement in Mt. Kenya region, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi had also pitched camp there.
Musalia Mudavadi was in Nyandarua county between July 24-26 on a meet the people tour, one of many such tours in Mt Kenya.
In the tour, Musalia interacted with residents and also popularize his presidential ambition in the region.
Long before the two 2022 Presidential hopefuls toured the region, DP William Ruto has been frequenting Mt. Kenya in an attempt to get a slice of the over 5 million votes in the region..
He has been going around the region, popularizing his bottom-up economic approach which is central to his manifesto.
Early May, DP Ruto pitched camp in Central Kenya where he not only met the people but also discussed his proposed economic policies with their leaders if elected president.
In order to give Ruto a share of the Mt. Kenya vote, his allies asked him to settle for a running mate from the region.
Leaders and elders from Mt Kenya region confess that 2022 Presidential hopefuls are rushing against time to have a share of the cake.
“Mt Kenya has the most votes as we head to the next elections. Close to eight million (is up for grabs). It also has a regional kingpin who’s retiring as president.
Again it doesn’t have anyone who has come out from within with a realistic chance of having a successful run for President,” Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu told the people daily newspaper.