Mt. Kenya Leaders are now rooting for a Mega Limuru conference in which will they will set a way forward for the 2022 succession politics which include picking a new region’s kingpin.
Whereas there seems to be a consensus that the region needs to have such a meeting, the leaders are divided on when it should take place. While some believe it should be held soon, others say it should take place a year or less to the General Election.
The leaders are in agreement that Mt Kenya is more divided politically than at any other time since 1992. Two groups — Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke — pulling in different directions, have emerged.The situation has left the region politically without direction.
Since his re-election in 2017, Mr Kenyatta has reduced his tours to the region, confounding elected leaders.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri and Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi set the ball rolling last week when they called for the conference. They were supported by several leaders.
Mr Kiunjuri said a time has come for members of Kiama kia Ma (Kikuyu elders), Njuri Ncheke (Meru elders), religious and political leaders to come together and set the post 2022 agenda for Mt Kenya region.
On the other hand, Mr Ruto has pitched camp in Mt Kenya in a bid to solidify his support base ahead of the election.
Recently, he went forward to dismis claims that Jubilee party is divided;
Mr Kiunjuri feels the conference is inevitable.
“We cannot be naive and go to the elections as a divided community. Such a meeting should be held in 2021. For now, let us support the President’s Big Four Agenda,” the minister said.
Mr Kiunjuri and Mr Murungi are seen as potential kingpins of the region.Senate Deputy Speaker Kindiki Kithure, who has good relations with the President and Mr Ruto, is also touted as a possible leader.