The county boss says that the people are the only determinants of leadership and the holders of power and at the same time the owners of the votes being fought for by members of the political class.
Ann Waiguru spoke on Friday while rubbishing National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi’s coronation as Gikuyu Embu Meru Association (GEMA) spokesman which is slated for Murang’a County today (Saturday).
She said that Muturi will have to use the right route if he is to succeed in his bid to lead the region, as the avenue he is using has very little impact politically.
“Ultimately Speaker Muturi and others seeking votes from Mt Kenya and elsewhere will have to seek votes from the only legitimate determinants of leadership, the people,” she told the Media.
Her remark technically throws out President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seen as the man with the Mt Kenya vote in his hands, thanks to his disputed position as the region’s current kingpin and decision-maker.
But she says that Uhuru remains the region’s political spokesman, adding that Muturi cannot seek to inherit him when he is yet to vacate the seat.
“In the meantime, it must be remembered that as a political community, our leader, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta has not vacated his seat, and culturally, we don’t inherit one when they are still alive,” she says.
This comes at a time when the region continues to attract more and more attention ahead of the 2022 elections, with all the leading political players eyeing a share of its huge vote basket.
Among those keen on achieving this is Deputy President William Ruto, who has succeeded in wooing a number of area leaders to his side, leaders who have promised to deliver the Central Kenya vote to him.
ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and ODM boss Raila Odinga are also seen as trying to secure a portion of the vote, in readiness for their 2022 presidential bids.