Former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth has said the Mount Kenya region can also produce another president despite the Kikuyu community having produced three presidents since independence.
Kenneth said the region is rich in votes and there is no law that prohibits a kikuyu individual seeking to be elected as next president after President Uhuru Kenyatta retires.
He noted that in 2022 the community needs to be united to negotiate better so that the kikuyu community will not be shortchanged by whoever ascends to power.
Kenneth urged people of Mount Kenya region to support constitutional amendments proposed in the BBI report.
On Sunday, Kenneth accompanied by Mathioya MP Peter Kimaria and his Gatanga counterpart Joseph Nduati said the region stands to gain a lot if the BBI sails through.
He said currently the region is a bit disadvantaged when it comes to sharing of resources stating that MPs from the region have been unable to do much since the resources they get in terms of CDF does not factor the region’s population.
He told Christians at Kirwara and Kiriaini catholic churches to differentiate between politics of 2022 and BBI.
“As a community we need to remain united and support this document so that come 2022, people from this region will bargain which political position it will take in the next government,” added the former planning assistant minister.
Kenneth continued “let those opposing the BBI point out the mistakes in the document. You can not just wake up and start inciting people to oppose something which will be of benefit in future.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta, he added means well for the kikuyu community by supporting constitutional changes spearheaded through the BBI.
Kimari on his part expressed confidence that many county assemblies will pass the BBI bill before end of this week.
He noted that the proposed law changes will among other things deal with runaway corruption which has been witnessed in the country.
Kimari lauded the current administration for many development projects it has initiated in Murang’a County especially on water and road sectors.
He fronted Kenneth to be the next kingpin of the kikuyu community saying he should be at the negotiating table about the next government.
His sentiments were echoed by Nduati who said when Kenneth served Gatanga people as their MP, he initiated many remarkable developments which up to now are of benefit to the locals.
by Bernard Munyao