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Mount Kenya’s New Political Kingpin That Ruto Should Know

Brian Sunguti

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The vast Mount Kenya region may just have found their long awaited political kingpin and successor to the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta. Sources close to the happenings within the region point out at just how the vocal Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya is emerging as a leading force and contender to take up the region’s mantle of political leadership.
That Munya, a strong proponent of President Kenyatta’s legacy agenda, is slowly but surely flexing his muscles. The outspoken CS has been on the fore front in championing for President Kenyatta’s big four agenda, ensuring that the president’s legacy in his Agricultural sector is not lost. Politically he has also not shied away from defending the president in his fumigation and cleanup process within Jubilee.

Moves that have made him better placed to take over the region’s leadership from the president. That his political consistency, sobriety and sober mindedness makes him an easy man to work with and to rally political forces around. He is also well accepted in his Meru region despite the fact that he lost the gubernatorial seat to Kiraitu Murungi. At a past function at Munya’s home, Jubilee Chairman David Murathe is said to have also hinted at the coming kingpin ship of Munya.

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The function, an initiation ceremony of Junta’s son, brought together a number of elders from differentparts of the country, most notable being Raila Odinga, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui and Siaya senator James Orengo among others. The leaders are said to have openly spoke about the revenue sharing formula, the BBI process and regional politics.

This is even as the politics of Mount Kenya region slowly gather pace. With the search for a regional political kingpin and president Kenyatta’s successor slowly but surely taking shape. Already a group of leaders are rooting for former Gatanga Mp Peter Kenneth to be the region’s political successor. But others see him as having a political baggage too heavy for him to handle.

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