A political lobby by the name Mount Kenya Youth Caucus, is calling upon voters in Mt Kenya region to unconditionally back Deputy President William Ruto in his bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
According to Linford Mutembei, the chairman of the group that is allied to Jubilee Party, DP Ruto had since the 2013 General Election given unwavering support to President Kenyatta and the time was therefore ripe for people from the region to return the favour.
He went on to add that Ruto and Rift Valley leaders should not be bothered by utterances of Mount Kenya leaders who think otherwise, saying the region and its leaders intend to honour the 2013 agreement which indicated that Ruto would get a free pass to succeed Kenya’s fourth President Mr Kenyatta.
Uhuru has been consistent about his succession plans, that when the time comes, Jubilee will fully back Ruto although the decision has been met with resistance by a section of leaders such as former Governor William Kabogo.
Mutembei who was speaking in Kiambu town on Thursday, November 9, noted that the Jubilee Party already has a presidential candidate for the 2022 election, adding that leaders in Central had vowed to ensure Ruto gets overwhelming support from the region.
“Mr Ruto played a key role in the victory of Jubilee in 2013. He also did the same in August and October. He has been an asset and the only thing Mt Kenya people can do is to give him straightforward support for his 2022 bid and ask him and Rift Valley leaders to turn a deaf ear to a few leaders who have been suggesting that before the region votes for him, we should first go back to negotiations,” Mutembei said.