Mt Kenya Council of Elders has told Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga and Kieleweke proponents that snubbing of much-hyped but poorly attended building bridges initiative public hearing forum by majority of Nyeri elected leaders was a clear indication that the support of William Ruto in the region has gained considerable momentum in the region and it should not be taken for granted by any level headed person.
The elders made the remarks through their chairman Paul Mwati. The forum took place at White Rhino Hotel in Nyeri Town. Other leaders who supported Mt Kenya Council of Elders in advising the adherents of the handshake included former Nyeri deputy mayor George Miatu and Mathira politician Nderitu Githae alias saitoti.
Except for Kieni MP Kanini Kega and his Nyeri Town counterpart Ngunjiri Wambugu who is also his cousin, all the other elected leaders kept away from the poorly attended forum and they never bothered to tender any apologies.
They included Senator Ephraim Maina, women representative Rahab Mukami, MPs Githiaka Kiai (Mukurweini), Gichuki Mugambi (Othaya), Gichuhi Mwangi (Tetu), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Governor Mutahi Kahiga and all the MCAs apart from Chinga ward representative Kiruka Thuku. All the local elected leaders who kept away from the forum are diehard supporters of Ruto.
Former Mukurweini MP Muhika Mutahi who is a supporter of the handshake attended the forum. He is also a bird of feather with two other former area MPs Mutahi Kagwe and Kabando wa Kabando who was recently appointed as the chairman of Local Authorities Pension Fund by the president. The speaker of Nyeri county assembly John Kaguchia has already declared interest in Mukurweini parliamentary seat in 2022. He is a supporter of the deputy president. He also snubbed the Nyeri BBI forum.
Commissioners of the BBI were ferried to the venue of the forum in 4×4 fuel guzzlers which included Toyota V8s being driven by smartly dressed drivers in their immaculate suits. Heavy presence of uniformed armed policemen characterised the venue while policemen in civilian cloths took strategic positions in the meeting room.
It was all clear that majority of people in attendance of the meeting were supporters of both Kega and Ngunjiri and that it was apparent that they were coached to make their verbal contributions in favour support of the BBI,” Mwati noted. Both former Nyeri deputy mayor Miatu and Mathira politician Githae alias Saitoti wondered how can you build new bridges while you are demolishing the old ones.
They noted that were it not for Uhuru and Ruto bridges in 2013, 2017 polls and 2017 October presidential repeat polls opposition would not have taken the leadership of this country. The duo advised Uhuru and Kieleweke proponents to stop being politically shortsighted lest history will judge them harshly.