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MKF meets Asal leaders planing on president Kenyatta succession.

Mount Kenya Foundation (MKF) members on Thursday met with leaders from the Arid and Semi-Arid lands (Asal) in the quest of shaping the 2022 general election politics.

Jubilee joint secretary and Upya Movement patron Adan Keynan led the Asal team which was represented by leaders from Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo and Garissa counties.

Adan said that the meeting with MKF was key in ensuring that counties from Asal regions are also included in the next government. “Those of us who have been around know the history of northern Kenya. We have gone through challenges such as under development and unemployment. These are things that cannot just be cured overnight,” stated Keynan. 

Keynan said communities from Asal have, for a long time, been seen as minorities, but nothing is permanent.

“Today’s minorities might be tomorrow’s majority... who said the minorities were not increasing? The demographics are changing. And therefore do not be static. We need to expand our horizon of thinking and participate confidently in the national discourse. That is the only way you can proudly say you are a member of this progressive premier Republic called Kenya,” said Keynan.

The leaders who spoke called for unity and peace so that President Kenyatta’s legacy is maintained.

Francis Muthaura said the meeting was important in that it had brought leaders together to discuss national cohesion, unity and peace.

“The meeting is bringing people together, without unity there can never be development. We need to keep peace and ensure that we reach out to other parts of the country,” said Muthaura.

Nominated MP Maina Kamanda said the people of Mt Kenya should not be fooled by the UDA wave.

“That is a party that is after its own selfish interests and that is why MKF is engaging candidates with a progressive agenda,” said Kamanda.  

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