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BBI Team In Dilemma As Mount Kenya Leaders Split Apart

Brian Sunguti

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Divisions are slowly creeping up in the vast Mt. Kenya region following revelations that Peter Kenneth is set to be named as the region’s political heir of President Kenyatta. Peter Kenneth, a long time former Gatanga MP, a Nairobi Gubernatorial aspirant and a one time presidential candidate has been making a political comeback in the region with the sole aim of taking over the region’s leadership mantle from president Kenyatta. Already he enjoys the support of leaders and politicians from his home county Muranga, with Muranga Senator Irungu Kangata leading the bandwagon in favor of Peter Kenneth.

But in a rather strange turn of events, another group of leaders from the region has emerged and seems to be in frantic search of the region’s political kingpin. The leaders have even previously held their first meeting, with reports suggesting that they were laying their ground and strategies even as they venture on the delicate task of finding a Mount Kenya spokesperson.
Those present at the said meeting were Cabinet Secretaries Mutahi Kagwe (Health), Joe Mucheru (ICT), James Macharia (Infrastructure), Interior PS Karanja Kibicho, and Kipipiri Mp Amos Kimunya.

The meeting was also attended by Mount Kenya governors; Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri), and Martin Wambora (Embu). And it took place at the home of Embu senator Njeru Ndwiga. And even though the exact details of the said meeting were scanty, reports indicate that the leaders were contemplating on who is to take over the role of negotiating on behalf of the community, even as the search for the new kingpin slowly gathers pace.

This now brings to two the number of splinter groups emerging and with a similar agenda. The intended spokesperson is said to be the one to sit at the negotiating table on behalf of the region. To bid on behalf of the region, and to even lead and take over from President Kenyatta when the time comes. And with the BBI report having been finalized and awaiting its submission to the two handshake principals, the politics surrounding the same are said to also be a subject of these meetings, and hence the need to have a regional kingpin.

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