KANU national Chairman Gideon Moi has been urged to embark on scaling Mt. Kenya if he expects to net support from the vote-rich region before it gets late.
Area party members said Gideon, like others who have since declared their intent to run for the presidency, has now an excellent opportunity to start wooing voters by selling his national agenda for the country.
Led by the Tharaka-Nithi County Kanu chairman Peter Ndatho, the members said even other contenders were equally invited to come and speak to the area residents.
Ndatho said Kanu with the best infrastructure across the country would support Gideon’s bid to secure the presidency come the August 2022 general elections.
“As the Independence party we believe Kanu is the only party with offices across the country where its leadership is felt and seen right at the grassroots and this even makes it easier for Gideon to scale up the mountain with ease,” Ndatho said.
He assured Gideon of massive support and free access to whichever area he wished to visit since Kenyans were more democratic than ever before on matters politics.
On the local politics, Ndatho has cautioned the locals not to allow Tharaka residents to be denied their opportunity to produce the next Governor.
Ndatho claimed there was a binding MOU, which resolved that each of the three area sub-counties produce a governor after every five years.
“We had a governor from Maara Samuel Ragwa, now we have Governor Muthomi Njuki and this time round we have our two sons Professor Kithure Kindiki and Dr Mzalendo Kibunja out of whom one will become the next Tharaka Nithi Governor and nothing short of this,” Ndatho stressed.
He said on the ground however, Njuki though facing a criminal charge over alleged embezzlement of Ksh 34 million meant for the Chuka Referral Hospital incinerator and which is yet to be heard has also declared he will still defend his seat.
The Chuka University Vice Chancellor Professor Erastus Njoka on the other hand is seen as the front-runner for the now coveted gubernatorial seat.
Ndatho was speaking during a meeting with other KANU members held at a Kutus hotel.
Kirinyaga Kanu branch chairman John Kathungu said leadership wrangles within the branch have since been resolved.