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Kamanda, Waweru accuse Ruto of creating rift in Mt Kenya region

By Bernard Gitau
Friday, February 28th, 2020
Nominated MP Maina Kamanda. Photo/PD/File
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Bernard Gitau @benagitau

A group of leaders allied to Jubilee Party’s Kieleweke faction have accused Deputy President William Ruto of creating division in the Mt Kenya region for his political gain.

Speaking during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) validation forum in Nairobi yesterday, the leaders pledged their support for President Uhuru Kenyatta who they claimed is Mt Kenya region’s political kingpin even after the 2022 election.

The meeting was a culmination of several meetings of leaders from the region in readiness for tomorrow BBI rally at Kinoru Stadium in Meru.

Led by Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, former Dagorreti South MP  Dennis Waweru and Kasarani MP Mercy Gakuya, the politicians claimed Ruto was working for Uhuru’s downfall.

“I pity our President because he joined hands with a person who is working to destroy him and his community,” said Kamanda.

 He insisted that contrary to the message being spread by Tanga Tanga group allied to DP painting the BBI as against the welfare of Mt Kenya region, he insisted its content cares for their interest beyond 2022.

Too young

 “BBI is about Mt Kenya region. Let us embrace it and support Uhuru in his quest for unity and development of the country,” he said.

Gender and Public Service Chief Administrative Secretary Rachel Shebesh said President Uhuru would still be in the next government.

 “Uhuru is too young to retire and through BBI he is planning for the future of the Mt Kenya region and he is the one to lead us,” she said.

 Her sentiments echo those of Kamanda, Nominated Senator Beth Mugo and COTU  secretary general Francis Atwoli, who have also said the President should not leave the political arena when his term ends in 2022.

Waweru said the Mt Kenya region is calling for resources allocation as per the population.

“We are calling for one man, one vote, one shilling. We have been underfunded,” he said and urged leaders from the region to stop being desperate and remain united for stability.

 “We are a populous community, we have the votes, why should we be desperate to beg someone to accommodate us? posed Waweru.

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