A section of Mt Kenya youth leaders have faulted Jubilee Party vice-chairman David Murathe’s move to endorse Opposition leader Raila Odinga for presidency in 2022.
The young leaders drawn from six counties of the vote-rich region said they would be backing the presidential bid of Deputy President William Ruto as envisioned by the party leadership during the 2017 General Election campaigns.
Led by their chairman Moses Mwenda, the youth group asked Murathe to desist from making unilateral decisions on matters that affect the community and region as a whole. “We want to distance, disassociate and denounce that endorsement made by Murathe.
As Mt Kenya Youth Alliance we are firmly behind the presidential aspiration of Deputy President William Ruto and nobody should purport to have the monopoly of dishing endorsements to other entities unknown to us,” said Mwenda.
The former Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Mount Kenya University (MKU) student leader argued that the endorsement of Raila by Murathe was aimed at fulfilling individual interests at the expense of millions of Kenyans.
“As young people and hustlers of this country we are not interested in the perpetuation of power among the oligarchy and we will not support such an arrangement. Our candidate is William Ruto because he represents our aspirations and dreams.
“You have heard all the false things they have said about Ruto just to taint his image and make him look bad before the public. It won’t change a thing, and we are ready to face them in 2022,” he added.
Mwenda’s sentiments were backed by his counterparts Denis Nthumbi and Godfrey Maina Karobia.
Murathe stirred a political storm in the country on Saturday, August 8, when he rooted for a Raila presidency in 2022.
The Jubilee Party official who is known to be President Uhuru Kenyatta’s confidante said time was ripe for Kenyans to reward the former premier with the top seat after years of struggle for democracy and good governance.
“I think it is time Kenyans rewarded the years of struggle of Raila Amollo Odinga. They owe it to him. It’s like Mandela, and 2022 will be a Mandela moment.
“And we would also like to tell him (Raila) to be a transitional president who will then nurture the young generation to take over in 2027,” he said during an interview with KTN.
— Lindah Oguttu (@lindahoguttu) August 9, 2020
His position was instantly supported by Central Organisation of Trade Union (COTU) boss Francis Atwoli who claimed Raila would win the 2022 presidential contest by 10am if he agrees to vie.
“I have endorsed his proposal. Historically the person who has suffered for this country is Raila Odinga. I can tell you if he (Raila) agrees to run, by 10am he would be the president,” said Atwoli.
In the spirit of actualizing the BBI dream & economic stability, I join Hon. Murathe in supporting the candidature of Hon. Raila Odinga in 2022. His candidature will go a long way in continuing president Kenyatta’s legacy. But for more politics let’s wait for 2022. Sahi kazi tu.
— Francis Atwoli NOM(DZA),EBS,MBS. (@AtwoliDza) August 9, 2020
Ruto’s allies, however, dismissed the endorsement as inconsequential and insignificant to their master’s presidential bid.
Led by Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, the Tanga Tanga leaders claimed Murathe’s sentiments were only meant to blindfold Raila’s allies to continue supporting Uhuru and his agenda.
“The essence of the endorsement is to ensure Raila remains peaceful. For us who support William Ruto, the comments are a walk in the park if Raila will be the opponent,” said Cherargei.
It’s so Interesting to note that even, Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, a close ally of Uhuru, also disagreed with Murathe’s remarks. Ngunjiri termed the endorsement premature and presumed the Jubilee vice-chairman was only sharing his opinions.
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