• Region cautioned against falling into the trap of politicians out to divide it for political expediency ahead of 2022.
• Kiraitu says every region has to fiercely fight for the national cake, unlike a wedding cake where everybody eats without struggling.
Mount Kenya leaders have been cautioned against falling into the trap of politicians out to divide them for political expediency ahead of the 2022 general elections.
They should instead rally together for the sake of prosperity and development, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri and Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi said on Wednesday.
They spoke during the launch of a Sh26 million miraa market at Muringene.
Kiunjuri urged the Gikuyu, Embu and Meru leaders to stop undercutting each other for political gain and gave the example of Western Kenya leaders who not only engage in politics but also focus on development.
Mount Kenya politics is centred on hatred compared to Kisumu and Coast politics, he said.
Kiraitu said the national cake is not like a wedding cake where everybody eats without struggling. But each region has to fiercely fight for its share of the national cake, he said.
“We must be near to where the cake is being cooked. Leaders should strategise on what next or else they will be locked out of the government after Uhuru Kenyatta exits,” the governor said.
In his characteristic idiom mode of speaking, the Agriculture CS said some of Mt Kenya leaders want to “put a fly in the soup (before 2022) because they will not be drinking it”.
He cautioned that Mount Kenya leaders will be scattered in 2022 politics and lose out politically if they do not unite.
Kiunjuri said Gema should not be duped not to unite in 2022 behind one presidential candidate and gave the example of a lion that separately ate three bulls after convincing each of them that the other was against it.
Kiraitu, who announced that he will be running for a top national seat in the March Jubilee party elections, said he supported the Building Bridges Initiative as it advocates for additional funds for counties and the creation of prime minister and two deputies, adding that that will unite the country.