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Support the president, Kikuyu elders tell DP Ruto and foot soldiers

By Bernard Gitau
Friday, July 10th, 2020
Supreme Gikuyu elder Kariuki Wa Kabui addresses the press in Nairobi yesterday. Photo/PD/GERALD ITHANA

Gikuyu Council of Elders under Kiama Kia-Ma Supreme Council  yesterday urged Deputy President William Ruto and his allies to stop being power-hungry and support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s development agenda.

The elders, addressing the press in Nairobi, accused a section of leaders in government of being greedy and only concentrating on 2022 instead of joining forces with the president to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and corruption in the country.

 “We do not want to be divided, we have seen the effort President Uhuru Kenyatta is making to deliver services to our people, and expect every leader to join him in this work,” Muthamaki Kariuki wa Kibui said.

Kibui said lack of ethical leadership among leaders who openly disrespect and abuse others was uncalled for.

On July 8, 2020, a group of political bigwigs from the Central Kenya region staged a “political lunch” meeting in Nairobi to “offer support” to new Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Amos Kimunya.

Law reforms

On constitutional reforms, the elders supported it provided it guarantees peace and improvement of livelihoods and basic freedom.

“We support equity reforms that will provide equity in leadership at national and county level, and in sharing of national and local resources,” he said.

Meanwhile, the elders hinted the rite of passage in the Gikuyu land would be suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as they sought audience with the Health ministry on protocols and guidelines to be followed.

The council said with the school calendar suspended where boys undergo circumcision after undertaking the Kenya Certificate of Primary Examination (KCPE), the exercise was at stake.

“Following discussions, we have decided to engage the Health CS Mutahi Kagwe to provide guidelines and protocols for organised rite of passage, so that we, as traditional leaders, continue with the rite,” said Muthamaki Kariuki wa Kabui.

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