A storm is brewing in Mt. Kenya ahead of the coronation ceremony of speaker Justin Muturi at the Mukurwe Wa Nyagathanga shrine.
On Saturday National Assembly Speaker will officially be installed as the person to take over from President Uhuru Kenyatta when he finally retires.
Ahead of the exercise, two vocal governors from the region have termed the coronation as a sham and vowed to make it difficult for the exercise to take place.
Murang’a governor Mwangi Wa Iria vowed to guard the Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga shrine, the proposed venue, and protect it from desecration.
Wa Iria told journalists that though Muturi has the right to have the coronation conducted, he should have done it away from the shrine that is considered the cradle of the Agikuyu community.
Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru who is opposed to Muturi said that there is no leadership gap in the region and the direction taken by the National Assembly speaker is simply an attempt to undermine the president before he officially leaves office.
Ann Waiguru said, “Don’t expect the Saturday function to have any significant effect in the politics of the region because President Kenyatta is still out leader.”
Any enthronement that is done without proper consultation and consensus with leaders and people across the region will not change the politic of the region.
Waiguru said, “Ultimately Speaker Muturi and others seeking votes from Mt Kenya and elsewhere will have to go to the ground and seek votes from the only legitimate determinants of leadership, the people.”
But on Friday, a section of governors from Mt. Kenya east threw their support behind Muturi, saying that it was time one of their own took over the leadership mantle.
The three Governors, Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi), Martin Wambora (Embu) and Kiraitu Murungi (Meru) observed that the Speaker was a respectable gentleman with a close working relationship with President Kenyatta.
“What we need is a steady hand, one that’s already tried and tested, to help President Kenyatta deliver to our people,” they said.