Peter Kenneth drums up support for presidential bid, BBI Bill

Former Presidential candidate Peter Kenneth has said that nothing can stop Mt Kenya region from producing the next President.

In an open contradiction to the President’s statements last month that the presidency should rotate among the various communities, Kenneth has said that the region cannot be blocked from the position simply because it has produced previous leaders.

Kenneth who spoke at Kiria-ini Catholic Church in Mathioya on Sunday said the region should be free to compete against other candidates.

The former presidential candidate is one of the political leaders lining up to succeed the President as the Kingpin of the region. Others include Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, his Kirinyaga counterpart Ann Waiguru and former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri.

Wa Iria and Kiunjuri have gone a step further by unveiled Usawa Kwa Wote and The Service Party (TSP) respectively as they prepare for the elections.

Speaking on the BBI Bill, Kenneth claimed the bill aimed at righting some wrongs in the country, especially in regards to revenue allocation.

“This bill has come to equalize all Kenyans. Those fighting it should come out and say exactly what they think is wrong with it,” Kenneth said.

With the elections drawing near, a section of Murang’a MPS has continued to lobby for Kenneth to be the region’s kingpin.

The MPs, Peter Kimari (Mathioya) and Nduati Ngugi (Gatanga) have said Kenneth has demonstrated the ability to unite and lead the region into the future.

The MPs said though the region is solidly behind President Uhuru Kenyatta, the baton should be passed to Kenneth going into the next elections.

Kimari on his part said Kenneth’s long-standing political career has been filled with success and integrity, a testimony of his ability to lead.

While drumming up support for Kenneth, Kimari noted that the region requires a unifying figure post-2022 and that the former Gatanga MP is well qualified to take up the mantle.

The MP further lauded Murang’a residents for overwhelmingly endorsing the Building Bridges Initiative bill last Thursday.

“We are waiting for Tuesday so that our MCAs can pass it and list the county among others that have passed the bill,” he said.

The duo was speaking at Kirwara Catholic church in Gatanga during a church service on Sunday before traversing the County to attend another service at Kiria-ini Catholic church in Mathioya.

On Saturday, the newly appointed Public Service and Gender Chief Administrative Secretary Beatrice Elachi called on political leaders in the region to stop founding new political parties to avoid dividing the region.

Elachi who attended gospel artiste Julia Lucy’s burial at Kenol said the region will not be able to speak in one voice with numerous parties.

Speaking on the BBI, she said those opposing the Bill are being individualistic and do not have the country’s interests at heart.


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