The Kikuyu Council of Elders has resolved to back ODM leader Raila Odinga for the presidency in 2022. This follows a meeting held in Kieni yesterday, where the two warring factions of the elders merged. The meeting also saw President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cousin, Cpt Kungu Muingai dethroned and replaced by Kinyua wa Mwangi.
The Saturday meeting, also attended by the Luo Council of Elders plus a section of politicians from Nyanza was another clearest indication of the Luo and Kikuyu communities will be working together in the 2022 general elections, the last time being two decades ago in 2002 in the Kibaki led NARC.
”I have hosted the Kikuyu Council of Elders in Bondo previously and there were concerns that Kiama Kia Ma was left out. Now that the two are united we can engage on the way forward,” said Dr. Oburu Oginga, who was a part of Luo elder’s delegation.
The merger of Mt Kenya’s elder’s factions is a huge shot in the arm for Raila Odinga’s 2022 presidential bid, given the influence Kiama Kia Ma, a central pillar of the Kikuyu Council of Elders.
The leaders present were Senator James Orengo, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang’, Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni, and former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru.
”For a while, the two groups have been fighting but now that they have decided to unite so they can guide the community to the right path,” Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni said on Saturday.
It is very easy to get Mt Kenya’s support. All you need to do is tell us how we will get the Sh53 billion we would have gotten from the BBI,” the MP added.
His sentiments were backed by Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo who revealed their intention of pursuing the BBI to its logical conclusion.
”We have your interests at heart. We proved that in the BBI. Now we need to focus on how to actualise some of the things that were in the document. Only one person has proven to be ready to do so,” Mr Otiende said.