Mt Kenya politicians from the Kikuyu nation held a meeting on May 26 to discuss the unity of the region in preparation for the 2022 General Election as the battle for control of the region takes shape.
Murang’a governor Mwangi Wa Iria, who led the leaders, said that it was the beginning of a journey of making sure that the region’s vote is consolidated and is treated with the respect it deserves.
“We came together because we are one region and we are a solid people. We are a strong voting block and what we are saying is that what is bound to bring us together is much more than what can disintegrate us,” Wa Iria said.
The Murang’a County boss said that they will call a meeting within a fortnight, where they will invite the views of many people.
“We are just starting a journey and this is a journey of making sure that Mt Kenya is one solid unit. We are one people and we need to drive one objective and without shying away, our vote is important,” he said.
The meeting held at the Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi comprised of a section of Mt Kenya leaders allied to president Uhuru Kenyatta and who mostly hail from East of Mt Kenya i.e from the Kikuyu nation.
Those who attended the meeting included governor Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Mwangi wa Iria(Murang’a) and governor Mutahi Kahiga of Nyeri.
The meeting served to expose the simmering power struggle between leaders from West of Mt Kenya i.e Meru, Mbeere, and Embu days after the installation of National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi as Mt Kenya spokesperson.
Interestingly, governors allied to Mutiri skipped the event.
The missing governors included; Kiraitu Murungi(Meru), Martin Wambora(Embu), and Muthomi Njuki(Tharaka Nithi) all from West of Mt Kenya.
The trio is on the record for endorsing the coronation of speaker Justin Muturi as the GEMA spokesperson, a matter that irked the Wa Iria-led group.
Wa Iria’s group argued that it was improper for Muturi to be crowned yet President Uhuru Kenyatta was still the regional spokesperson.
They distanced themselves from the subject of Muturi’s coronation, saying that it was not among the agenda that brought them together.
Anne Waiguru is also among those who distanced themselves from Muturi’s coronation as Uhuru’s successor in terms of the being the regions spokesperson.