President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession politics as Mount Kenya kingpin has taken a sudden turn after a new group of powerful Mount Kenya politicians held a meeting in which they rejected Peter Kenneth as Uhuru’s successor.
According to the Daily Nation, the meeting was attended by high ranking government officials and several Mount Kenya governors. The meeting was held at the home of Senator Njeru Ndwiga in Embu.
Nation reports that those who attended the meeting include Health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe, Transport CS James Macharia, ICT CS Joe Mucheru, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, Governors Kiraitu Murungi of Meru county, Francis Kimemia of Nyandarua county, Mutahi Kahiga of Nyeri county, Martin Wambora of Embu county and national assembly majority leader Amos Kimunya.
The leaders who attended this meeting were not happy that former Gatanga Member of Parliament Peter Kenneth had been fronted by Murang’a politicians to succeed president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Murang’a leader led by senate majority whip Irungu Kang’ata had last week endorsed Peter Kenneth as the next Mount Kenya kingpin. Speaking during a food distribution drive-in in Kiambamba, they asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint Peter Kenneth to his cabinet in the coming reshuffle as he prepares to take over from him when he retires in 2022.
Reliable sources from the meeting confided in the Daily Nation that the meeting settled on two politicians as best suited to replace president Uhuru Kenyatta as Mount Kenya kingpin; Nyandarua governor Francis Kimemia and Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi.
They, therefore, agreed to hold further consultations with other leaders from the region and will later decide on who between two will be unveiled as the next Mount Kenya kingpin.
The group is said to have rejected Peter Kenneth because of his past political decisions. He Has previously defied president Uhuru Kenyatta and he is known as not being a team player.
Peter Kenneth’s disappearing tricks were also brought into question. He normally appears when a general election nears and disappear thereafter if he loses.
The meeting was seeking a kingpin that will be there for their people whether they win an election or not. They want a kingpin who is a unifying factor and readily accessible to people.