- Politicians associated with the Deputy President William Ruto have in the past declared that the pact between President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga’s is a ploy by political “dynasties” to block the DP from ascending to power.
Ms Waiguru spoke a day after Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata told her to stop attempting to give the region political direction.
According to Mr Kang’ata, it is the President who will guide the populous region and that Ms Waiguru should not purport to speak on behalf of the voters.
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru is unrepentant over her recent remarks declaring that Central Kenya is ready for a Raila Odinga presidency.
Speaking in Kutus Thursday, the governor dismissed those criticising her over the remarks, saying that her sentiments echo those held by President Uhuru Kenyatta and, besides, she has a valid viewpoint by virtue of being an elected leader in the region.
“Those telling me not to speak should know that I am talking about President Kenyatta, who they neither support nor speak about. They invite outsiders and tell us to support them in 2022. Who has sent them to select a leader for us?” she posed.
With President Uhuru Kenyatta exiting the stage in 2022 and there being no clear successor from Central Kenya, presidential aspirants have been courting the region hoping to bag the critical vote. Boardroom wars, backstabbing and undercutting have been the order of the day, with many looking to determine the way the region will vote.
Politicians and commentators feel the lack of a clear regional kingpin has given way to the growing rifts and unease in Jubilee Party, with the Kieleweke and Tanga Tanga factions trying to outdo each other. Ms Waiguru’s insistence that her sentiments reflect those of the President is likely to ignite further debate on the 2022 succession.
Mr Junet Mohammed, who is Mr Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party’s Director of Elections, said Governor Waiguru’s sentiments on the election cannot just be wished away as she is a leader who represents a county in Mt Kenya region.
“She is a governor in one of the counties in the Mt Kenya region. So her views are as valid as any other politician and they will be of great value when the right time comes,” Mr Mohammed said.
President Kenyatta, in what appeared to be a response to a section of the political class which has argued that his March 2018 handshake with Mr Odinga was the propagation of “the politics of dynasties”, said he will only engage with leaders who have a positive outlook for the country’s future.