The people from Mount Kenya region having tasted what being out of power is like between late 1978 to 2002, are no longer willing to be there again.
It’s becoming clear each day that Mount Kenya people are scheming for the second top most position in the land, be it as a Deputy President under the current constitution or a Prime Minister under the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) that is yet to be finalised.
This is evident in their latest moves that indicate, without any doubt, that they are already trading their eyes on becoming the second in command.
Since in politics things don’t just happen, they are planned and are made to happen, the announcement by former Gatanga Member of Parliament Peter Kenneth in June while at a function in Murang’a that he is willing to help President Uhuru Kenyatta in achieving the promises he made to Kenyans under the Jubilee government was not by coincidence.
Early last month, leaders from Murang’a county threw their weight behind Peter Kenneth to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Mt Kenya kingpin after 2022.
Five days ago, Peter Kenneth met with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli and Uhuru’s Mr Fix-It David Murathe in what was termed as “an informal get together during which they exchanged views of national significance.”
Just as the weekend was fast approaching, the same Peter Kenneth accompanied by Senate majority whip Irungu Kang’ata paid Kapsaret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi a visit at his rural home in Eldoret.
And while that was happening, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe was in Kisii with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Super Cabinet Secretary (CS) Dr Fred Matiang’i.
What surprised many was that, CS Kagwe opted to campaign for the interior CS Fred Matiang’i asking the Abagusii community to back and protect their son since he may ascend to power.
“If you see a protruding tummy of a woman and it continues to grow, what do you think is growing in there? Just use eyes to conclude that a child is about to be born. If you do not nurture and protect the expectant mother, feed and protect her from external dangers, you would blame yourself if she loses the pregnancy.” he said.
Adding that “You, Abagusii, know that in politics, people fight and undercut one another. But this is not the time for political backstabbing. If you behave normally, the world will treat you normally,”
Worth noting is that it was not a coincidence that CSs Mutahi Kagwe and Fred Matiang’i were accompanied by Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who together with Devolution CS Eugine Wamalwa have in the past few weeks, fully funded by the state as sources claim, to unite the people of western Kenya.
These current moves only solidifies what President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga coming together meant for Luo and Kikuyu communities who for a long time were divided by the ruling regimes.
The west managed to divide Luo and Kikuyu communities since 1966, and they remained divided for many years later. They United again in 2002 and you all saw the results.
Experts argue that nobody can succeed when Luo and Kikuyu communities are United as they are now.
Those holding this school of thought further argue that former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi stayed in power by keeping the Luo and Kikuyu fighting. And that if the Luo and Kikuyu communities had united against Daniel Moi before Jomo Kenyatta died, Moi would not have been President. Sadly, by that time, the Luo were very bitter with Kikuyu because Tom Mboya and CMG Argwings Kodhek had been killed in 1969 and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga was under detention so the Luo decided to watch the Kikuyu unsuccessfully trying to stop Moi. And immediately Moi took over in August 1978, the following year he was in Kisumu.
With their current unity, will they be stopped?