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Tanga tanga MPs: Uhuru’s Sagana meeting divided region

By Mathew Ndungu
Saturday, February 6th, 2021
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
In summary

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Sagana State Lodge meeting with leaders and influential groups from Mount Kenya yielded no fruits in uniting the vote-rich region, a group of politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto have said.

The Tanga tanga leaders who claimed that they were left out of the Sagana III meeting over their allegiance to the DP said Uhuru was misled by his handlers and that their non-attendance split the region further.

Besides spurring business activities in Nyeri for the period, the meetings were held, the MPs led by Gatundu South's Moses Kuria said failure to include them in the four-day meetings denied them an opportunity to tell the Jubilee Party leader the truth about the crippling economic state of the vast region.

“Things did not remain the same, they got worse after they failed to invite us. They feared that we would tell President Uhuru the truth about various economic challenges of our people” he said.
Speaking at Kahuguini village during the burial of Harrison Gachukia Waiganjo, the father in-law to Naivasha MP Jane Kihara

The leaders maintained that while the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was good, its implementation was ill timed.

Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua insisted that the priority was revitalization of collapsed businesses in Nairobi, revival of coffee, dairy and tea farming to ensure farmers from the region recoup from reeling economic challenges precipitated by Covid-19.

While blaming former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for the confusion and continual cracks in the Jubilee Party, Gachagua urged Uhuru to direct his efforts towards economic recovery.

He told Uhuru to keep off the succession politics and allow Kenyans to elect the President of their choice claiming that people from the region "owe Ruto their backing after he supported their son’s presidency bid for two terms."

Nyandarua women representative Faith Gitau alongside Michael Mwangi, the MP for Ol Jorok county rallied residents to support Ruto’s presidential bid come next year.

“We used his back to ascend to power and I urge you to remember him when his time comes in 2022. We want a God-fearing leader who also understands the challenges of common Kenyans,” said Gitau.

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