The jostling for the 2022 presidential elections is taking centre stage, with a section of elite Kikuyu elders preparing a surprise ‘Raila Tosha’ moment in Bondo on Saturday.
And with political pundits opining that Deputy President William Ruto is the man to beat in 2022, politicians from Mt. Kenya allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta are banking on former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to stop DP’s rise to the house on the hill.
On Friday, the Star Newspaper reported that more than 500 Kikuyu elders are set to travel to Kango Kajaramogi, a popular spot for making serious political decisions in a bid to throw their weight behind Raila Odinga.
The daily reports that the elders have close links to state house and their influence cuts adorss the Mt. Kenya region.
But who are these Kikuyu Elders keen on making Uhuru Kenyatta backtrack on his ‘Yangu Kumi, Ruto Kumi’ promise he made in the campaign trail between 2013 and 2017?
Reports indicate that the delegation will be led by Kikuyu Council of Elders chairman Wachira Kiago who told the Star Newspaper that they are keen to foster a united poltical front with their Luo Nyanza counterparts.
“We are now friends; there is nothing that can stop us from engaging each other. We will meet with Nyanza elders and expect they will also visit us. The cohesion will bring lasting peace between us,” he said.
But in politics, he who pays the piper plays the tune.
Behind the scenes, two experienced political mercenaries from the Mt. Kenya are ostensibly at the fore front pitching Raila’s candidacy to the people of Mt. Kenya.
Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe and nominated MP Maina Kamanda are leading the elders rallying call to endorse Odinga on Saturday.
On Tuesday, Maina Kamanda gave credence to Murathe’s call to reward Odinga with a one term presidency in 2022.
“Kenyans should prepare for President Raila Odinga in 2022. He is the best bet for the future as he will not plunder public resources,” Kamanda told the Star.
Kamanda and Murathe are leading a cabal of former and current leaders from Mt. Kenya opposed to Ruto’s campaigns, arguing that the DP is disrespecting and distracting Uhuru from achieving his legacy.
It is believed that recent events involving Mps allied to Ruto to openly insult the president and his mother may have given the council of elders more reasons to shift focus to Odinga.
Sources who spoke to the Star confirmed that strategy meetings have been held in Nairobi and Kisumu between select representatives of Kikuyu and Luo Council of Elders.
“A few days ago their leaders (Kikuyu leaders) met elected leaders and elders and they performed their ritual as per their tradition,” the source told the star.
In August 16, 2020, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth met with the Kikuyu Council of Elders.
Kenneth has been gravitating towards Raila Odinga and has been pictured severally in meeting with Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli and David Murathe who are at the fore front calling for a transitional one term presidency for Odinga in 2022.