Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu has responded to claims made by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria who said ODM Leader Raila Odinga would be a hard political sell in the Mt Kenya region.
Wambugu clarified that the Kieleweke Team, where is a prominent member, had no agenda of popularizing Odinga’s 2022 chances. The MP said the team was interested in creating a conducive political environment for the President to achieve his legacy.
“Kieleweke is about ensuring Uhuru gets the space and time he requires to complete his term & deliver his legacy. PERIOD,” Wambugu said.
He further stated that Odinga would not be easily acceptable to the Mt Kenya political bloc, if President Uhuru Kenyatta made a decision to popularize him.
The Nyeri Town MP gave the example of Kenyatta convincing the Mt Kenya region to work with Ruto, a few years after the 2007 post-election violence.
“When I hear some people say that Raila is a hard sale in Mt Kenya I laugh. Mt Kenya bought William Ruto less than 5 years after he was associated with heinous crimes against Mt Kenya people. Ruto was sold to us by Uhuru Kenyatta; and we bought him. 100%. Today we are fighting over Ruto.
“So the man to watch is Uhuru. If Uhuru decides to sell Raila to us, we will buy him; 100%. And bTW ... let us remember that he sold Ruto to us when he wasn’t even the President. Now he’s the President,” the vocal MP added.
Political leaders from the Mt Kenya region have been divided about the 2022 succession politics.
The leaders are in two political camps, Kieleweke which is seen as supportive of the Kenyatta-Odinga handshake and Tanga Tanga that is loyal to Deputy President William Ruto.
President Kenyatta has not come out clearly to demonstrate his political position on the future of the Mt Kenya region, hence fueling confusion as each of the groups claims to have his blessings.