With 2022 elections on the horizon, the political direction of Mt. Kenya is in tatters, with no formative direction on the horizon just yet.
With Uhuru retiring next year, the division arising from who to support between supporting former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto has thrown the region into a spin.
Mt. Kenya eaders are jostling and holding strategy meetings day and night as they seek to crack the equation.
A day after the Deputy President made inroads to the vote-rich region with roadside rallies in Nyeri that were characterized with chaotic scenes on Sunday, a section of leaders from the region convened strategy meetings in what is seen as a plot to consolidate support and build new alliances.
On Monday morning, a meeting bringing together Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua, former Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri of The Service Party of Kenya (TSP), Kieni MP Kanini Kega and Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege and other leaders.
“We have met and it is all about unity for the people of Mt Kenya,” Kega said moments after the meeting that has gotten social media abuzz with speculations.
However, the leaders did not divulge what they deliberated regarding the future of Mt. Kenya.
Kiunjuri was initially seen to lean towards Ruto but has lately bolted out following reports that Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) does not embrace coalitions. Kiunjuri and Chama Cha Kazi party leader Moses Kuria (Gatundu South MP) has since opted to popularising their parties ahead of the next year’s elections.
Kiunjuri and Kuria have not categorically stated whom they will support for the presidency next year but Karua and her group are clear they favour the former Prime Minister.
Speaking on Spice FM on Monday, 06 September 2021, Ann Waiguru said she will follow what her people will tell her.
“It is not the right time to make such a statement. I can’t say I will, or will not … it is unlikely.”
“It is a bit early, let’s see what the ground looks like … and which seat I want to go for.”