The Kikuyu and Luo council of elders have planned a major reconciliation event at Kabiruini grounds in Nyeri county ahead of Raila Odinga’s Azimio La Umoja tour of the Mt Kenya region. Already, close to 400 elders from Raila’s Luo community have confirmed their attendance and will arrive in Nyeri on November 25.
According to the Kikuyu Council of Elders chairperson Wachira Kiago, the November 25th mega event in Nyeri will be a culmination of their behind-the-scenes meetings which kicked off last year, in their attempts to bring the two communities together.
”Our meeting will be part of the previous sessions we have had as we build the unity of the country. We agreed that as a symbol of the unity we are preaching, it is important that we bring together the elders from both communities before the main political event,” Wachira Kiago said yesterday.
According to nominated MP Maina Kamanda, the elders meeting will be of great political as it will be a culmination of a lengthy process of having the Luo and Kikuyu communities bury the hatchet and work together in the upcoming general elections.
”The elders will hold their meetings on November 16 before the Azimio La Umoja session to demonstrate that the two communities have buried the hatchet. It is an elaborate programme but the message we will be sending going forward would be that there is a fresh Kenya now where enmity between communities has been buried,” Kamanda said.
The Mt Kenya Azimio la Umoja chapter is expected to bring together delegates from the Mt Kenya counties of Nyeri, Murang’a, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, and Laikipia.
According to Nyeri Town Mp Ngunjiri Wambugu who is one of the key organizers of the Nyeri meeting, the event will be one of a kind and has put their opponents in the region on notice and asking them to brace themselves for an earth-shattering political shift.
”This will be the day that Central Kenya will speak loud and clear about their 2022 political path. We have reversed what some people spent years building and we hope the momentum we have built to fire Baba up the peak of the mountain will be sustained,” Ngunjiri said.