Wednesday September 15, 2021 - Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua slammed Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Kieni MP Kanini Kega and MP-designate Maina Kamanda for issuing statements describing Mount Kenya as a tribal region.
The three lawmakers have released a list of demands that a presidential candidate must meet to gain the support of the Mount Kenya electorate.
On Monday, Maina said the Mount Kenya region will not be taken for granted by presidential candidates, saying the region must be guaranteed high stakes in the next government by anyone who needs the support of the voice-rich bloc. .
“We have more than 10 million votes spread across the country.
“This is not a constituency that can be ignored by presidential candidates,” Maina said.
For his part, Kega said that anyone who wants support from the region must guarantee them a fair share in the next government and that they will not give in to favors.
“We will put our interests aside in positions to lobby for a fair share of resources.
“Once we get that, we'll be comfortable,” Kega said.
Maina Kamanda's remarks were also reiterated by Moses Kuria, who informed that they would not support anyone who does not give 40 percent of government posts to the Mount Kenya region, including the post of deputy president, who , according to him, is not negotiable.
However, Gachagua hit back at the three rulers, accusing them of being tribal demagogues who only care about their stomachs.
"We are busy building a national movement and an alliance with all Kenyans and the running mate talks are premature," Gachagua said.
"We are tired of these tribal leaders making demands," Gachagua added.
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