The scramble for the populous Mount Kenya region is gaining momentum ahead of 2022 general election, political analysts have noted.
The vote-rich appears torn between former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto, the leading 'horses' in the race to the State House.
Recent opinion poll conducted by a respected research firm showed Ruto enjoyed relatively more support than Raila in the region which is President Uhuru Kenyatta's backyard.
DP Ruto and Mt Kenya MPs. [Source/Tuko News]
A number of influential Members of Parliament and Senators have already pledged their support to the DP, arguing they have a 'debt' to repay him for having supported Uhuru in the last two polls.
On the other hand, some leaders such as Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni and former presidential candidate Peter Kenneth have already endorsed Raila for the top job saying he has all credentials to take the country forward.
Raila and some Mt Kenya leaders. [Source/RAO]
On Sunday, May 2, 2021, four political analysts; Roselyne Obala, Mark Bichachi, Ishmail Nyaribo and Ken Echesa waded into the 2022 succession debate and speculated on how Mt Kenya residents would vote.
Speaking during KTN News' 'Inside Politics' segment, Nyaribo opined the Kikuyu community will back Raila following his handshake between with President Kenyatta, and endorsement by wealthy and influential people from the area.
"Look at those businesspersons and old political individuals who have brought the Kikuyu nation to where it is. These are the people that are strongly standing behind President Uhuru and Raila Odinga," said the governance expert.
On Friday, the ODM boss hosted a delegation of Mt Kenya leaders including the officials of Kikuyu Council of Elders (KCE) where they reportedly discussed 2022 contest.
Political analyst and journalist Roselyne Obala. [Source/Obala]
Echesa and Obala, the political editor at the Standard Group, agreed that it was too early to predict on who Kikuyus will support, but noted they will rally behind the candidate who will assure them that their interests will be taken care of in the next government.
"Kikuyus have invested so much in this country that they cannot gamble with the leadership. They will invest where they know their interests are catered for," Echesa said.
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