Led by Peter Cheruiyot, the Secretary-General of the Jubilee party Nakuru branch, the leaders proposed the former presidential aspirant saying he is a strong contender for the running mate.
“He is a very sharp guy, relaxed, composed, and reserved with politics that rightfully endear him to any political formation particularly to deputise Raila Odinga,” he said.
Presidential front runners William Ruto and opposition Raila Odinga have sustained their political forays and are believed to be seeking to pick their running mates from the region in consolidating their support base.
The endorsement comes barely two weeks after a section of elected leaders from the vote-rich Mt Kenya region piled pressure on the ODM leader to pick the 2013 presidential candidate Peter Kenneth as his running mate ahead of the 2022 General Election.
The legislators on Sunday, October 17, said the former assistant minister has a development track record, thus the need to be given the position of deputy president to the presidential candidate that President Uhuru Kenyatta will support in the 2022 presidential elections.
“The time is ripe for Kenneth to get into a national leadership position with the backing of the Murang’a people,” Mathioya Member of Parliament Peter Kimari said.
While acknowledging the endorsement, Kenneth said he was more than ready to deputise President Uhuru Kenyatta’s handshake partner Raila Odinga adding that he would not let down the people of Murang’a if picked to be Raila’s running mate.
“This country needs committed leaders with the capacity to promote peace. Let us ignore those whose interest is on positions and not to serve the people,” said Kenneth.
Kenneth is expected to compete with governors Lee Kinjanjui (Nakuru) and his Laikipia counterpart Nderitu Muriithi, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, and Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, and Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia to be Raila Odinga’s 2022 running mate.