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Opinion: The Race To Win Mt Kenya Voters' Hearts

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Mount Kenya region could become the country’s biggest swing vote in next year’s General Election.

The Mount Kenya region will most likely determine the fifth president with overwhelming votes from Kiambu, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Nyandarua, Meru, Embu, Tharaka Nithi and Laikipia counties as well as parts of Nakuru.

Today, a year to the Uhuru succession elections, there is no clear heir apparent, and the scramble for a possible six million votes from Mt Kenya is on like never before.

Raila and Ruto, the presumed main protagonists, are attempting to woo new allies, consolidate their turfs and conquer new territories.

Raila is eyeing Kalonzo Musyoka, while Ruto is banking on Mt Kenya to seal a round one victory.

Ruto, Raila and Mudavadi have hosted delegations from Mt Kenya in a bid to woo the region and strategise on their entry to President Kenyatta’s perceived stronghold. 

Ruto has so far visited every constituency in the region, inspecting and launching various development projects.

He has also graced church fundraisers and attended funerals under the invite of Tangatanga adherents.

Previously, Raila has on two occasions hosted elders from the region at his Bondo home and has also graced Kikuyu elders’ meetings in Mt Kenya.In the last month, Mudavadi has visited Nakuru, Nyeri, Kirinyaga and Nyandarua as part of enhancing his visibility. 

Others who have toured the region for political seduction are Kalonzo and Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader and Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua.

Recently Gideon Moi has initiated grassroots campaigns in Central Kenya region in order to strengthen his support from the region that is seemed to favour Deputy president William Ruto. 

The KANU Central region coordinator Mr. John Kathungu KANU is using the current relationship between its leader Gideon Moi and President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure KANU win the support of My Kenya region.

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro said based on President Kenyatta’s promise to support Ruto in 2022, the region will favour the deputy president’s bid.

“The people of Mt Kenya are reliable and will keep their word. President Kenyatta promised people in broad daylight and before God that the region will support Ruto. The people will honour this pledge,” said Nyoro.

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