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Why Mount Kenya Foundation Luncheon was canceled at last minute

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Mt Kenya foundation luncheon that was supposed to be held at Safari park hotel next week has been canceled at the last minute after some officials allegedly differed on the various ground.

The notice of its cancellation was sent to members yesterday evening on what was termed was to pave way for proper consultation.

The meeting was supposed to bring together political heavyweights from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Mt Kenya backyard to discuss the region’s unity ahead of the 2022 General Election.

The invite had stated that all stakeholder’s contributions would be highly appreciated.

“We cordially invite you to a luncheon hosted by Mount Kenya Foundation at the Safari park hotel on Tuesday, September 28th starting 12noon,” the invite read.

A reliable source has hinted to the Writer that the meeting was canceled after it leaked to the media and was supposed to be confidential.

He said that former prime minister Raila Odinga was supposed to be a chief guest during the event.

Last month, Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi and Lapsset board chairman Titus Ibui who is also vice-chairman of Mount Kenya foundation led a powerful group of Meru leaders, the business community, and professionals to declare support for the opposition chief in his quest to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta next year.

Mr Titus Ibui is allegedly accused by section of leaders of trying to impose Raila Odinga as the next successor of Uhuru Kenyatta.

Reports over cracks in the agenda and fears of infiltration by opponents forced organizers to cancel the meeting.

Elected leaders from the region, including governors, senators, and MPs, had been invited to the all-important meeting to craft the region’s 2022 plans.

“The meeting was about the region’s 2022 agenda and priorities, but about giving some political declarations. “the source said.

The Mt Kenya Foundation was formed at the height of the 2007 post-election violence.

The group comprises mainly of tycoons who hail from Central Kenya and has been crucial in pushing the Jubilee agenda in the region.

On January 19, Kenyatta met the group of wealthy politicians at the Thika Greens Golf resort in Murang’a County where they held a closed-door meeting.

ODM leader Raila Odinga has escalated his forays into the vote-rich Mt Kenya, securing the crucial endorsement of key Meru leaders and business tycoons.

In a first-of-its-kind meeting on 02 September 2021, Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi switched his support from National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi to the former Prime Minister.

The Luncheon to endorse Raila Odinga was held at Safari park hotel and was attended by key leaders from Mount Kenya east.

Kiraitu described Raila as a focused, strategic, realistic leader and a man of sacrifice.

“The Raila I know is a strategist. The Raila I know is a man of ideas. He knows more history than historians although he is an engineer. The Raila I know is a man of energy, focus, and determination,” Kiraitu said

Mount Kenya foundation officials include Equity bank tycoon Peter Munga, Wilfred Murungi, who is the owner of Mastermind Tobacco Kenya (MTK).

Others include, Michael Waweru, who is the former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) boss and Mutuma Nkanata who is the coordinator of the group.

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