Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua has dismissed calls by his Gatundu South counterpart Moses Kuria, Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua and The Service Party leader Mwangi Kiunjuri for Mt Kenya unity.
While Karua, Kiunjuri, and Kuria insisted that their main agenda was to unify the divided GEMA region and push for the interests of the people of Mt Kenya region, Gachagua says the trio is fronting their selfish interest at the expense of needy people.
“Everybody is free to form his own party. What we don’t want is, people, to form parties and claim they are pursuing the interests of their region because those are personal interests,
“All those leaders are trying to have political parties to come and bargain for positions,” Gachagua said.
Gachagua who is at the center of the KSh 12 billion corruption scandal instead urged the leaders to join the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) a party heavily linked to Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto.
He said the people of the rich-vote region are thirsty for the revival of the economy and implementation of development projects, not government positions adding that only UDA was capable of solving through its ‘Controversial Bottom-up’ economic model.
While Karua, Kinjuri, and Kuria said the caucus will not only bring Mt Kenya unity but also increase Mt Kenya’s bargaining power ahead of the crucial 2022 presidential Election, Gachagua stated that the region does not need a Deputy President slot.
He said the people of Mt Kenya region have still suffered when key government leaders hailed from the region.
Moses Kuria associated with Chama Cha Kazi, Presidential aspirant Karua, and former Agriculture CS in a joint statement issued last week 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.