Kenya: Gachagua vows to politically unite a divided Mount Kenya region

Gachagua, who hails from the Mount Kenya area and can be residence to former President Uhuru Kenyatta, has accused the previous chief of politically dividing the area through the August polls. He additionally says Kenyatta didn’t mentor younger leaders – one thing he vows to vary.

Gachagua has additionally claimed that political and enterprise leaders who supported Raila had been intimidated and coerced into becoming a member of Azimio however at the moment are free to go away the coalition and be part of him.

“We are going to unite our area, Mount Kenya, in order that we converse with one voice,” mentioned the deputy president.

His remarks got here simply days after Members of Parliament from the Jubilee Occasion, with majority assist and management from Mount Kenya, threatened to stop Azimio over claims of being sidelined in parliamentary management positions.

Gachagua’s name receives optimistic response

Gachagua’s name continues to obtain optimistic suggestions from politicians who had as soon as opposed him within the lead-up to August presidential ballot.

Kanini Kega, newly elected East Africa legislature from the Azimio coalition, has come out to assist Gachagua’s transfer to consolidate political unity within the divided area.

Kega says Gachagua is at present the one senior political chief from the area, and so his intentions ought to be supported.

“We have to rally behind him as a area,” he says.

Ngunjiri Wambugu, one other politician from the area who opposed Gachagua prior to now election, says Gachagua has proven indicators of defending the political pursuits of Mount Kenya and due to this fact ought to be supported.

“Gachagua is true now essentially the most senior chief from Mount Kenya in authorities. That places him forward of the pack,” he says.

Will Gachagua be new Mount Kenya political kingpin?

With former President Uhuru Kenyatta now retired and targeted on his new job as a regional mediator in DRC and Ethiopia, and Raila having failed a fifth time to clinch the presidency, Gachagua is now seen by many as a Mount Kenya regional political kingpin within the making.

Brian Wanyama, a political analyst, says the truth that Gachagua had rallied lawmakers to vote for Azimio candidate Kanini Kega in final week’s election to affix the Arusha-based regional Parliament of the East African Legislative Meeting, is an indication that he plans to stamp his authority within the area as its new chief.

“It’s apparent, he appears to be a person on a mission, he needs to guide the area,” Wanyama tells The Africa Report.

Nevertheless, shut allies of former President Kenyatta, led by Jeremiah Kioni, the secretary basic of the Jubilee Occasion, which is a part of the Azimio coalition, imagine the previous chief stays the regional political kingpin.

He provides it won’t be straightforward for Gachagua to take over from Kenyatta even when he’s the deputy president.

“Kenyatta stays our political chief,” Kioni says.

The political kingpin in Mount Kenya is a revered place believed to affect how individuals vote throughout elections, and for the primary time, voters from Mount Kenya didn’t observe their chief.

Former Political Kingpins embody:

  • Dedan Kimathi (earlier than independence),
  • First President  Jomo Kenyatta (1963-1978),
  • Opposition chief Kenneth Matiba (1993-1997),
  • Former President Mwai Kibaki (1997-2013)
  • Former President Uhuru Kenyatta (from 2013).

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