'BEST BET'

We won't abandon Ruto, say Mt Kenya leaders

They say no amount of intimidation or threat will push them to leave Kenya Kwanza

In Summary

• Kahiga said electing Raila is tantamount to extending Uhuru’s term.

• The governor said Raila's camp has demonstrated it is ill-prepared, disorganised and confused.

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga in Ndia on Tuesday
Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga in Ndia on Tuesday
Image: WANGECHI WANG'ONDU

Some  Mt Kenya leaders have said nothing will stop them from supporting Deputy President William Ruto’s quest for the presidency.

Nyeri Governor Kahiga Mutahi said they will not give in to intimidation and threats to abandon the DP.

Speaking in Ndia on Tuesday, he said Ruto is the best bet to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The governor said Raila's camp has demonstrated it is ill-prepared, disorganised and confused.

“His is a shambolic house full of confusion and mix-up. A  perfect example is the current running mate stalemate that has thrown the camp into total confusion. This is a reflection of what will happen should he assume the presidency,” Kahiga said.

He said electing Raila is tantamount to extending Uhuru’s term.

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru said Ruto is the only leader who has shown willingness to turn around the country’s fortunes.

“As Kenya Kwanza, we are hopeful that DP Ruto will rise to the presidency to activate his vision of unshackling the country from chains of poverty and other problems choking Kenyans,” she said.

Chuka-Igambang’ombe MP Patrick Munene hailed Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi for joining Kenya Kwanza.

He said they made the right move as the alliance is poised to form the next government.

The MP said Mt Kenya will overwhelmingly support Ruto as his political ideals conform to the beliefs and practices of residents.

“Our people are hard workers and do not rely on handouts. In his manifesto, Ruto has pledged to empower them through the bottom-up economic model,” Munene said.

The leaders spoke during the funeral service of Edith Wanjira who was the mother-in-law of Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki.   

Edited by A.N    

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru in Ndia on Tuesday
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru in Ndia on Tuesday
Image: WANGECHI WANG'ONDU
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