A caucus of leaders from GEMA communities around Mt Kenya have will meet this Saturday for the first time, to kick off a series of meetings over the region’s political future after President Uhuru retires in 2022. The meetings will bring together all political, professional, religious, and business leaders from the vote-rich region.
According to multiple sources, President Uhuru Kenyatta is bankrolling the activities behind the shadows and Mathira MP Peter Weru confirms the Head of State has been informed and has given express approval of the series of meetings that will be taking place across the region from Saturday.
”He’s aware, we’ve informed him through his political office. We also take cognisance of the fact that he’s not just our President but our community leader as well. The meeting will be about the political unity of our people and, yes, we might touch on succession too,” Mr Weru told a local publication on Thursday.
Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga says all Mt Kenya leaders have been invited irrespective of their political affiliations, and those from the Tanga Tanga and Kielweke factions of the Jubilee Party are expected to attend. Governor Kahiga also reveals there is a possibility of the meetings resolving to have one Mt Kenya leader run for the top seat in 2022.
“It is not a mistake to have one of our own vying. Should there emerge one, then we shall deliberate on whether to support him or her. The focus is to speak in one voice as a region,” Mr. Kahiga said.
Governors Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga) and Mwangi Wa Iria have confirmed their attendance.