Mt Kenya leaders allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta are advocating for him to lead Raila campaigns in the region ahead of the 2022 presidential elections.
The leaders want the president to hit the ground, and give his directions to have the divided Mt Kenya region to rally behind ODM leader Raila Odinga.
According to the Mt Kenya leaders, President Uhuru’s silence on his preferred successor has given opponents a playing ground in the central region and could work against Raila Odinga.
However, as the Mt Kenya leaders call on Uhuru to support Raila campaigns, the Head of State has dissociated himself from the succession politics.
Speaking to journalists on August 23, Uhuru said he has no favorite candidate.
“It is not my duty nor my responsibility to tell Kenyans how or where they should vote but it is my duty to remind Kenyans that they need to look at who they vote for and why they are voting for that particular person,” he said.
The calls on President Uhuru Kenyatta to lead Raila campaigns in the region comes amid wavering support for the former prime minister.
Members of President Uhuru’s Kieleweke camp from Mt Kenya region are sharply divided over endorsing Raila Odinga.
A month after a warm welcome in Murang’a, a section of Mt Kenya leaders who had promised to support Raila Odinga changed their tune.
The group, led by Governors Anne Waiguru, Nderitu Muriith, James Nyoro, and Kieni MP Kanini Kega said that they did not promise Raila Odinga the presidential vote.
“We have opened the region to any candidate. Let each come and tell us what they have in store for us. We have not said on whose side we are. Nothing is predetermined,” Waiguru said after a retreat in Laikipia County.