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Kahiga rubbishes calls by section of Mt Kenya leaders for Nyoro to replace DP Gachagua

Monday, January 15th, 2024 18:50 | By
Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga
Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga. PHOTO/H.E. Mwalimu Mutahi Kahiga, EGH/Facebook

Nyeri County Governor Mutahi Kahiga has rubbished calls by a section of leaders from the Mt Kenya region for the replacement of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua as Mt Kenya political kingpin with Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro.

Kahiga has termed the calls by the leaders led by Murang'a Senator Joe Nyutu as far-fetched, laced with personal opinions which have no political reference in the region.

"Rigathi Gachagua by virtue of his position is the leader of the mountain. Any other thought is far-fetched. Being the chairman of the budget committee is an honourable position and we congratulate Nyoro for that position and he is executing his mandate as he should. Kimani Ichung'wa is the Majority Leader, that's a wonderful position we congratulate him but those are all positions that are below the Deputy President," said Kahiga.

Kahiga said that time is not ripe to make such utterances and leaders ought to engage in talks before making any pronouncements.

"As a community, I need to tell our people that it is not time to agitate in the kind of way we saw. It is important for honourable Nyutu to engage with other leaders and ask. For Ndindi Nyoro that's ok he is doing his part but I want to ask can you really compare a constituency with a nation," he posed.

Kahiga on UDA structures

On the UDA party affairs, Kahiga said the party's constitution should abide by the country's constitution which states that a party should have a party leader and a deputy party leader.

"The party constitution must abide by the country's constitution that there should only be one president, one party leader, one deputy president and one deputy party leader but in the current set up the UDA party set up has three deputy party leaders which is not tenable," Kahiga said.

He said the region contributed three million votes in total for the presidential tally and therefore has a big stake to protect and cannot allow a few individuals to mislead voters.

Last week and over the weekend, a section of leaders were quoted as calling for Nyoro to be the region's kingpin.

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