Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi has said that the chances of the vote-rich Mt Kenya region to produce Kenya’s next president are very slim.
Speaking on Monday, July 12, in Nairobi during the launch of his book Beyond Politic, Kiraitu said that despite the country’s politics being organized around ethnic blocs, the next president was likely to come outside the GEMA region.
“There is a likelihood that the next president will come from outside the GEMA community. Kenyan politics has been historically organized on regional planks. This is not likely to change soon,” the Meru Governor said in the book.
Although the county boss said it is unlikely for the region to retain the keys to the State House, he endorsed National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi for the top seat.
“We have done our mathematics and we are supporting you as a symbol of unity for the region. We think you can manage our divisions. You are above TangaTanga; you are above kieleweke politics,” said Meru Governro Kiraitu Murungi.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that the GEMA has been split not only between the East (Aembu, Ameru, and Mbeere) and the West (Gikuyu) but also between the Kieleweke and Tanga Tanga faction.
The East which forms the minority is pushing their West counterpart to back them for the presidency saying they have stood with their brothers from the West since independence hence they should return the favors.
The West has however maintained that they are the majority hence cannot support the minority for the top seat.
In June 2021, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya warned the Mt Kenya region of a loss in the 2022 General Election if the region does not unite.
“If we want to be in the next government, we must remain united with our counterparts. If we are split we will not make it alone (in the 2022 General Election),” the CS warned.