The race to get a new kingpin for Mt Kenya ahead of 2022 has pitted former Gatanga MP, Peter Kenneth and other MPs allied to president Uhuru Kenyatta.
This comes at a time when Mt Kenya region is politically split into two political factions. Majority of the region’s leaders are allied to the Deputy president William Ruto threatening the President’s say in the region.
Kenyatta’s struggle to regain his grip on the regions politics has seen him bruise some of his former allies including Gatundu MP, Moses Kuria, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa, Rigathi Gachagua and others percieved to be allied to Deputy president William Ruto.
Peter Kenneth has come out as a possible replacement for President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenneth has in the recent days increased political activities in his home county Murang’a.
It is his activated political movements that have pitted him against president Kenyatta’s allies who feel he is trying to inherit his throne while he is still in power.
Three Muranga leaders want former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth to stop premature succession politics. They spoke in response to a meeting held by Kenneth and some Mt Kenya leaders which was alleged themed to search for a replacement for Kenyatta in the region’s leadership after 2022.
The three Senate; Chief Whip Irungu Kangata, Maragua MP Mary Waithira Wamaua and Kigumo MP Wangari Mwaniki (Kigumo) said it was not only unfair but also premature to drag succession politics when President Kenyatta was busy shaping his legacy.
“No meetings held in hotels can determine who is the regional leader. No leader is inherited while he is still on the seat. Let Kenneth stop premature politics and respect president,” said Kangata.