The politics of entnicity has been prevalent in Kenya since colonial era, but it deeply took roots after independence. Elections are being vied in form of regions through their regional kingpins and their tribal political parties.
With president Uhuru almost ending his term, National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi has been installed as the Mt Kenya region spokesperson. Speaker Muturi come from Mt Kenya East region which has never produced a spokesperson.
After installation of Muturi there have been reactions from various politicians from that region who have been angling for the same position.
Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria vowed not to allow the ceremony to occur inside the Mukurwe Wa Nyagathanga shrine because no other national leaders have held political functions at the shrine.
“People want to install themselves as communal leaders and do it at the cradle of the community. That is wrong.” Wa Iria said.
Wa Iria asserted that it is his responsibility as the county governor to protect the shrine from desecration. He also admitted that though Muturi has the right to have coronation he should have done it away from the shrine.
Woman Representative Sabina Chege while talking on the same, said that nobody should be shielded from accessing the shrine.
Breaking her silence Governor Ann Waiguru has asked Muturi to reach out to the voters. According to Governor Waiguru, the coronation alone is not enough to win him votes.
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.”
The vetting of Muturi was aimed at ending the disarray of politics in Mt Kenya region as the next general election is approachiong.