Governor Mwangi wa Iria has also shored up his preparations, the BBI campaign presenting him a golden opening to market his Usawa outfit.
Former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri has equally raised his stakes by positioning himself as best bet for Ruto’s running mate.
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, who had been touted as one of the possible heirs, appears to be keen on defending her seat. She buried a hatched with Interior PS Karanja Kibicho, ending months of feuding.
Fortunes may, however, change for the big guns like Kenneth and co, most of whom may only land consideration for a Cabinet slot in the new plan.
Some leaders, though, feel that Munya is propping himself, adding that the President appears keen to have no one else call shots in the region, but him.
Be that as it may, Munya’s entry stands to throw into disarray, plans by the pack of bigwigs seeking to be the ones negotiating the region’s share of the national cake.
Political observers say the President will have a lot of sway in the upcoming election, and that whoever he chooses will matter.
Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki told the Star, on Munya’s activities, that there ‘were such stories but they are yet to see and feel’.
Saying that as a community they’d appreciate people being propped, the final verdict rests with wananchi.
Mbiuki said on the phone that the President will have a say when it comes to the kingship of Mt Kenya.
“He will sway the person who can take up leadership of the region,” the MP said. “Many of us are positioning ourselves strategically to be ‘blessed’ by him.”
“Munya, from where I sit, seems to enjoy a lot of goodwill from the President. I don’t know if at all the CS himself has made up his mind to be governor or play national politics. It is not clear. If the President endorses him, he will have a big mileage,” Mbiuki said.
Immediately after he lost in 2017 to Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, Munya said he will vie for the country’s top seat in 2022.
Another factor is said to be on the president’s desire ‘to teach those who have given him sleepless nights a lesson at the ballot’.
The lot is allied to Ruto, who, from the recent rousing welcome at Gatanga, enjoys massive support in the region.
ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi is also making forays in the region. He held meetings with elders and addressed public meetings.
During the recent Sagana meeting, leaders agreed was to pass the BBI first, then regroup to draw a 2022 plan from the referendum outcome.
“The region will come together to seek a unity of purpose and then look at the leadership of the region beyond the Presidency of Uhuru,” Mbiuki said.
But Nyeri Woman MP Mukami Wachira dismissed those positioning themselves as no match against DP Ruto.
“We have decided to go with Ruto all the way. The peoples we hear seeking to be our kingpin are of no consequence. They cannot beat the wave. More people are joining us,” she said.
Source link : https://www.the-star.co.ke/siasa/2021-03-06-munya-entry-gives-mt-kenya-battle-new-shape/
Publish date : 2021-03-06 03:46:08