Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia says Mt Kenya has a right to front a Presidential candidate in 2022 and shall not succumb to intimidations.
Speaking during the launch of Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi’s book ‘Beyond Politics’ co-authored by veteran journalist Njeri Rugene, Kimemia said just because the region has produced the last two Heads of State doesn’t mean it should bow to pressure and settle for a lesser position.
Kimemia also called for unity among leaders from the region warning that division will be an advantage to their opponents.
“Let’s stop these politics of Mt Kenya East versus West, It will not help us. Let’s keep our votes intact. Let’s bargain with all our 14m votes,” He said.
He appeared to hit out at Chief Guest Speaker Justin Muturi over his installation as Mt Kenya spokesperson saying had Muturi consulted, he would have advised him to do it differently and given him different instruments of power.
National Assembly @SpeakerJBMuturi flanked by Meru @governorkiraitu Murungi at the launch of the later's autobiographical book, Beyond Politics, jointly written with former Nation journalist Njeri Rugene at the Serena hotel Monday morning. pic.twitter.com/WsUvs3U2an
— Speaker JB Muturi's Communications (@JBComms) July 12, 2021
Muturi gave the matter a wide berth instead focusing on drumming support for his 2022 Presidential bid.
He said his desire to be the 5th President is driven by the need to restore accountability and integrity in public service.
Muturi dismissed those who claim his bid is not viable and warned Kenyans to be wary of leaders who lack integrity.
The Speaker insisted that he is the right person to represent the region and the only candidate who can restore new order and give fresh impetus to the politics of this nation.
And while Muturi and Kiraitu encouraged the political competition already being experienced in the country based on ideological differences, they warned voters to be wary of electing leaders with questionable character into public office.
Murungi seemed to endorse Muturi’s bid saying the arguments that the Country isn’t ready for another President from Mt Kenya are far fetched.