MT Kenya elders from the east (Kikuyu nation) continue to lock horns over the installation of Justin Muturi (who hails from the west of Mt Kenya region i.e Meru, Mbeere, and Embu communities) as the regions political spokesperson.
Elders from Kirinyaga have joined their Murang’a counterparts in dismissing the ceremony that was held at the Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga shrine on May 22.
The elders, led by chairperson Cyrus Githaka said they did not recognise the purported installation of Muturi as regional spokesperson as cultural procedures were not followed to the core.
According to them, they only recognise president Uhuru Kenyatta (who ails from the Kikuyu nation) as the Mt Kenya region’s spokesperson.
They claim Justin Muturi did not even approach them prior to the ritual that was performed under heavy police presence.
“We only recognise President Uhuru Kenyatta as the current supreme leader of the GEMA community and not anyone else,
“We did not receive any message from (Justine) Muturi or the organisers of the ceremony. How then can they presume to unite the communities?” posed Githaka.
The elders further warned Muturi against plotting what seems like a competition with Uhuru.
He said that if Uhuru wishes to retire as kingpin next year, he will let the elders know and point out his successor.
“President Kenyatta has not communicated to the Council and expressed his intention to retire as the region’s kingpin neither has he confided to the Council of his inability to perform the function. Muturi should watch out, seek the necessary counsel and follow the right procedure,” he said.
Before the May 22 ceremony, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru laughed off Muturi’s planned coronation.
She said that leaders in the region were not aware of the crowning, neither did voters endorse him.
She told Muturi to stop hiding behind endorsements and present himself to the people, and let them decide his fate.