A section of leaders from Mt. Kenya region has called on Deputy President William Ruto to pick Agriculture CS, Mwangi Kiunjuri, as his deputy in 2022.
Speaking at Nyahururu stadium in Laikipia, the leaders urged the CS to bring together all the other leaders from the region in preparation of the next general elections in 2022.
The leaders, who included Laikipia Senator John Kinyua, Woman Representative Cate Waruguru, Laikipia West MP Patrick Makau and Laikipia County Assembly Speaker Patrick Waigwa, termed Kiunjuri as a mature politician who was fit to take over as the region’s kingpin once President Uhuru Kenyatta retires in 2022.
According to them, the CS has great experience in politics hence deserves the position.
“Kiunjuri has been an MP for more than 15 years. He has also been a minister in two different governments. This makes him best suited to take over the role from Uhuru and give us directions,” stated Kinyua
The leaders insisted there should be no other leader fronted from the region to deputise Ruto apart from Kiunjuri.
“We are asking the Deputy President William Ruto whom we highly believe will be Jubilee’s automatic presidential candidate in 2022 to preserve the deputy president’s slot for CS Kiunjuri,” suggested Cate Waruguru.
At the same time, the leaders urged Kiunjuri to stay away from local politics and instead focus on national ones.
“We know he has all that it takes to be the deputy president because he is a renown leader in Kenya,” added Mr. Mariru.
The leaders were at the stadium for a function to hand over driving licenses to boda boda operators under the kitty of Laikipia West Constituency Development Fund CDF.
Kiunjuri, who was the chief guest, on his part, refuted claims that he was planning to vie for Laikipia gubernatorial seat in 2022.
He warned the leaders against early campaigns and instead urged them to help the president fulfill his 2017 promises to Kenyans.
“We are supposed to support the president and his deputy so that they deliver on the promises especially the Bif 4 Agenda,” communicated Kiunjuri.