Succession politics sorrounding the Mt Kenya Region have continued to take shape with Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua now saying Opposition Chief Raila Odinga will be a hard candidate to sell.
Mutua urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to think of an alternative if they want to stop Deputy President William Ruto from ascending to the presidency.
“Selling Raila Odinga into Mt Kenya at this time will not work. I am talking as someone who has relatives and links from Mt Kenya”.He said.
According to Governor Mutua, DP Ruto has taken control of the region and it will therefore need a persuasive strategy to deny him votes.
He says President Uhuru must think of an elaborate plan if he wants to stop DP Ruto, failure to which he will be succeeded by his deputy.
“DP Ruto has been chipping Mt Kenya from within using state machinery and using state power. Does President Uhuru Kenyatta want to be inherited by DP Ruto? If he doesn’t care then it is okay but if he does, then he has to look for a plan B. If he doesn’t do that Ruto will inherit him”.He added.
Governor Mutua noted that the Mt Kenya region has shifted in terms of the kind of leaders they want and issues they want to be addressed.
While appearing to root for his presidential bid, Mutua asked the President to think of fresh leaders who can persuade voters in the region and deny DP Ruto the Mt Kenya votes.
“When I was going round in Mt Kenya talking to people and selling my party, I found that people are hungry for something fresh,” he added.
His remarks come several weeks after he affirmed that DP Ruto enjoyss massive support in the Mt Kenya region than anyone else.