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Uhuru Mt Kenya Allies Realize Raila is Hard-sell in The Region, Come to a Major Decision

So opposed to Deputy President William Ruto are Mt Kenya allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta that they have began looking for options ahead of the 2022 general elections.

While they have settled on ODM leader Raila Odinga as the best man to succeed Uhuru, reports indicate that they are at the same time afraid of presenting him to the people.

Sources who attended the Saturday meeting in Laikipia say that some leaders are afraid of trying to rally the region behind Raila, thanks to the narrative that he is hardsell there.

But he says that they came to the decision that the region is better off with him than Ruto, and have decided to do all it takes to ensure that the region embraces him.

"The grand question is, how do we make our people understand? That is the thing we have to face. We agreed the biggest player in this ordeal is Raila himself," he said.

It is reported that the leaders looked at the other available choices, the best being ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, who, like Raila and Ruto, has also declared interest in the seat.

But it was decided that he is unlikely to deliver a win, forcing the present leaders to settle on Raila, after completely removing Ruto's name from the list of those being considered.

The discussion and decision was confirmed by Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni, one of the attendees, who say that they have to be very careful on how the handle the Raila issue.

He told The Star that they are aware that supporting Raila in the region could backfire on their faces, but they will ensure that he is crowned the next President of Kenya.

"The issue is that there would be a backlash if we don’t handle the public well. However, the backlash will not stop Raila from being the president and Ruto going to the opposition," the leader is quoted.

The meeting was also attended by area governor Nderitu Muriithi, James Nyoro (Kiambu) and Murang'a Woman Representative Sabina Chege.

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