The group of eminent businessmen from Central Kenya, popularly known as Mt Kenya tycoons, have been meeting 2022 hopefuls, reportedly after being directed to do so by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
But details now indicate that they will not be meeting Deputy President William Ruto, also an aspirant, with inside sources revealing that the next step is settling on one of the candidates and getting back to Uhuru.
This is according to sources who spoke to the People Daily, who added that the engagements are now over and fronting a name to the President will be the next step.
The foundation leadership on Thursday, during a luncheon with the OKA leadership, made it clear that it doesn't have a preferred candidate, with its chair Peter Munga saying that the process of identifying the person who will protect the interests of the Mt Kenya region is ongoing.
“We are business people. We are also agriculturalists. We trade with our crops. We trade with anything that is sellable at a profit as long it is okay with the government of the day,” he said.
He added that they also want a candidate who can help uplift the lives of area youth and who can encourage them to be better people in life.
"What the young ones need is to know that there is hope. Do not remind the youth that they are poor. In Mt Kenya, we don’t believe anybody is poor, particularly when he is young,” he added.
During their meeting with Raila last week, the group praised the former Premier, hence the fears from allies of the OKA chiefs that they could have settled on Raila and are only meeting them for formality.
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