Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua has expressed her fears that President Uhuru Kenyatta plans to intimidate Mt Kenya politicians in order to continue dominating over them politically.
In an interview with Inoro TV, Karua said President Uhuru’s decision not to include Mt Kenya politicians in the negotiations on who will succeed him indicates that the Head of State wants to extend his political interest in the region beyond his retirement.
“It is peculiar how the President has not been inviting Mt Kenya leaders to his recent Mombasa meetings,
“I think the President wants to make sure that no Mt Kenya leader is on the table in order to intimidate them and later extend his political interest of being the region’s preferred political leader when he comes out of office next year,” she said.
The former presidential aspirants further urged leaders from the, now evidently divided, vote-rich GEMA community to unite ahead of the 2022 presidential race.
“We need to plan ourselves. As Mt Kenya leaders, we cannot wait for others to draw up their game plan while we sit around. If we don’t plan, others will plan ahead of us,” she added.
Her remarks come at a time when President Uhuru Kenyatta has held several meetings with ODM leader Raila Odinga alongside the One Kenya Alliance principals aimed at strengthening the opposition to stop his estranged Deputy President William Ruto’s quest to succeed him.
While the OKA principals had maintained not to back Raila Odinga for the presidency, the Head of State has been meeting them persuading them to work as a team adding that they are a formidable winning team together.
Karua together with The Service Party leader Mwangi Kiunjuri and Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria have been pushing for the unity of Mt Kenya ahead of the 2022 General Election.