Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has replied to a question that could be in the minds of several Kenyans, and that is whether Mount Kenya region will field a presidential nominee in 2022 or rally behind Deputy President Dr William Ruto.
Kuria claimed programs were already underway to distinguish the next political kingpin in Central Kenya and one who would suit in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s shoes once he exits service in about three years.
The controversial MP who was speaking at the Kerugoya St Thomas Anglican Cathedral in Kirinyaga county on Sunday, May 26, also claimed they were even planning to create a new political party ahead of the 2022 ballots.
“We (political leaders from Central Kenya) are considering on how to have our own to become the next president. We are not going to let the presidency go,” he stated as quoted by the Daily Nation on Monday.
The MP who had already announced his interest in the 2022 presidential race figured Mt Kenya would not let go of the presidency claiming they can’tgive out loaves of bread and the bakery all at the same time.
According to the spoken Gatundu South legislator, even the Jubilee legislators who have been talking at cross purposes will finally abandon the so-called Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke parties and come together to support a presidential nominee from Central Kenya.
Such a move could, nevertheless, be seen as a betrayal to Ruto who gathered the Rift Valley voters to back Uhuru’s presidential bids in 2013 and 2017.
Many expect that Uhuru would endorse his deputy to take over from him once he leaves, as a way of returning the courtesy, but that cannot be guaranteed pending the changing political dynamics and fresh realignments that are now being witnessed in the nation and within the ruling party.
Jubilee party’s Secretary General Mr Raphael Tuju is on record saying Ruto’s 2022 candidature would not be a guarantee.
“We have a Constitution showing how we appoint our candidate for a presidential candidacy. Nothing has changed,” Tuju said on December 30, 2018, and further explained Jubilee’s Constitution does not mean Ruto would be the party’s automatic presidential candidate come 2022.
Tuju’s political statement came following comments made by the now former Jubilee party’s vice chairman mr David Murathe who had categorically said Ruto would not be Jubilee’s main man come 2022 and that there was no any MoU between the DP and the party.
“If he (Dr William Ruto) has an MoU with Uhuru Kenyatta, then that was an agreement connecting two individuals,” Murathe, who is believed to be one of Uhuru’s confidants, said on December 26, 2018.