ODM chief Raila Odinga has aggressively made inroads to the Mount Kenya region ahead of the 2022 general election will be expected in Nyeri County, Kabiru-ini Stadium over the weekend.
He will attend the event that will bring together cultural leaders from Kikuyu and Luo community.
Odinga has been holding meetings with region leaders with a plan of succeeding president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Two months ago. Mt Kenya tycoons expressed their leaning towards Raila even as they declared the beginning of a grand search for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successor.
The Star understands that top Mount Kenya governors among them Governors Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), Nderitu Mureithi (Laikipia), Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru) and Kiambu’s James Nyoro, nominated MP Maina Kamanda, MP Kanini Kega and Mt Kenya foundation members are behind the endorsement event on Saturday.
Others includes former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, Denis Waweru as well as Nyeri town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu who is a close ally to both Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
During the installation of Kinyua Wa Mwangi as Patron of Kikuyu Council of elders, about 100 delegates from Luo Nyanza attended the event and agreed to work together.
Among those in attendance included, Siaya Senator James Orengo, EALA MP Oburu Odinga, Otiende Amollo, and representatives from the Luo Council of elders.
In October 2020, the Kikuyu Council of Elders and senior Mt Kenya politicians led by former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth visited their Luo counterparts at Raila’s Bondo home while they also paid a courtesy visit in September this year at Kabiru-ini stadium.
Speaking , the Kikuyu council of elder’s national chairman Wachira Kiago revealed that a major announcement will be made partaking in both Kikuyu and Luo communities.
He said that the Saturday meeting is a cultural event and Kenyans should stop drawing unnecessary information from it.
He said that, already, the guests will start trickling on from Thursday as they await the event on Saturday.
He said that the Luo council of elders are visiting the elders in Nyeri as also they had visited Raila Odinga in Bondo last year.
“It’s true, we will have a mega event at Kabiru-ini and we have invited all our leaders from Mount Kenya region, we will discuss politics and unity of the Country,” Wachira said.
He revealed that Nyeri governor Mutahi Kahiga will be the host of the event alongside Kieni MP Kanini Kega.
Wachira further said that all Mount Kenya leaders have been invited and their representatives will be accorded a chance to address the people who will have attended.
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, recently told the Star that, the Nyeri event will cause tremors among handshake critics.
“This will be the day that Central Kenya will speak loud and clear about their 2022 political path,” Ngunjiri told the Star.
Former Kiambu governor William Kabogo who is Tujibebe Wakenya Party leader has also said that, every leader has a democratic right to assemble in every part of the Country.
He said that Kenyans will be witnessing more rallies as politician camps to seek votes ahead of the 2022 general election.
He said that Kenyans who would attend the event should be peaceful and hospitable to everyone.
“There is nothing wrong with politicians visiting Mount Kenya region, the final says still belong to Wanjiku and he will decide on who to vote for or not, “Kabogo said.
Kabogo has also been traversing the Country opening offices and campaigning for his newly formed political party.
Kiambu MP Jude Njomo revealed that he has been invited to attend the event but won’t make due to other engagements.
He said that Kenyans invited should express maturity and respect to the leaders.
Njomo further said that the process of revamping the Jubilee party is still ongoing well.
“There are those moving around claiming that Jubilee Party is dead, it’s a lie as we are revamping it ahead of the 2022 election, “he said.
He urged Mt Kenya leaders to speak in one voice and unite the community. He called on Multiparty democracy.
TSP Party leader Mwangi Kiunjuri has also urged Kenyans to deploy democracy and give small parties a chance to thrive.
He warned big parties of calling for the six-piece voting pattern.
Kiunjuri said that the 2022 election will be a repeat of the 2013 general election which was a mix and match exercise.
“Mine is calling for Wanjiku to elect leaders with qualities that they deserve and shun six-piece voting pattern as its discriminatory,” Kiunjuri said.