Karua, Kenneth told to rally behind Uhuru
The Kikuyu Council of Elders Association has asked presidential aspirants Martha Karua and Peter Kenneth to join deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and unite Central Kenya. The elders said the victory of TNA party in Kajiado North and Kangema is an indication that Uhuru is the most popular candidate in Central province.
"TNA party led by Uhuru won two two seats in the by-election. It is time Karua and Kenneth joined hands with Uhuru," said the chairman of the council, Wachira Kiago. Kiago said the Kikuyu community should now unite and rally behind the deputy Prime Minister. He was adressing more than 400 Kikuyu elders from Westlands at the council's headquarters in Kasarani.
"I thank Kenyans who voted for the party. The youth refused to be used by being given money and illicit brews and voted for the people they want. It is high time the community united as other communities have shown support," Kiago said.
Westlands district branch chairman Samuel Ngaruiya called upon the Kikuyu community in the area to unite and vote for their own. He said their grievances have never been met because they are divided. "We have learnt to stay with our sisters and brothers from other communities in Westlands but come elections we as Kikuyu community are divided by money. Time has come to unite and speak with one voice as a community in Westlands," Ngaruiya said.
Mary Njuguna kikuyu elder woman leader westlands branch said that as elders and parents they have started holding the community youths and are preaching peace and showing them the importance of having a united community in the area to have strength in addressing issues of the area.
"As parents we will hold our children and unite them for peace and to look forward for good leadership in the area and we need those seeking for votes should preach peace during their campaigns as we do not want a repeat of the violence which saw us kikuyu community properties being burnt and also being beaten during post polls violence,"said Mrs. Njuguna.
Robert chege Kikuyu elder youth leader in Westlands branch urged all youths to talk in one voice of unity and support for Uhuru and should not allow themselves to be used again by being bought with small money and brews.
"As youths we have decided and all kikuyu community youths in Westlands should not allow again to be divided and talk with one voice and elect our preferred candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and we ask for civic education to be brought in ward level,and am calling upon the youths also to pick up identity cards so that they can vote in large numbers come elections,"said Chege.