A section of the leaders from the central region has announced plans to form an inter-parties forum for the vote-rich GEMA community to push for the region’s political unity, a move that could frustrate William Ruto’s Mt Kenya plans.
Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, The Service Party leader Mwangi Kiunjuri and Gatundu South Member of Parliament, Moses Kuria said their main agenda was to push for the interests of the people of Mt Kenya region irrespective of their political affiliations.
Speaking during a press briefing on Thursday, August 12, the trio said they will reach out to all political parties with a presence in the Mt Kenya region to work with them on taking the region to the negotiating table ahead of the crucial 2022 General Election.
“We also commit to reaching out to other like-minded leaders to broaden the forum and deepen our unity of purpose,” they said in a joint statement read by Karua.
“This is a forum not to define tomorrow’s coalition – it could end up being that, but one for unity and purpose on issues affecting our region and the nation,” Karua added.
They announced a meeting would be held in Limuru in three months to come up with a way forward for the region in the President Uhuru Kenyatta succession race.
Analysts have termed the move as aimed at injuring DP Ruto’s Mt Kenya plans by taming the deputy president’s growing United Democratic Aliiance (UDA) popularity across the Mt Kenya region.
Former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kinjuri and Moses Kuria who were being considered as the best options for DP Ruto’s running mate in the region refused to bow to pressure by UDA allies to fold their political parties.
“We as TSP are very clear that we will be on the ballot in 2022. The same way Narc Kenya and Chama Cha Kazi will be there. There is no question about it, we have made it very clear,” Kiunjuri declared.
Martha Karua on the other side has been quoted saying that the Deputy President is totally unfit to run the government.