Kamanda raises storm after saying Mt Kenya votes are not up for sale
1 months ago, 14 Oct 02:00
Long-serving MP Maina Kamanda’s speech that Kikuyus are not for sale politically at the burial of Benga musician Joseph Kamaru on Thursday sent shock waves across Mt Kenyatta region.
His words brought to the fore a debate that has been raging on what exactly will be the political direction Mt Kenya region will take after the exit of President Uhuru Kenyatta from the political scene.
Since 2013 up to the election day in 2017, Mr Kenyatta used every opportunity to remind everyone that his preferred successor was his deputy William Ruto.
He would say this both in Mt Kenya region and other parts of the country. When campaigning in Central Kenya, he would switch to Kikuyu in the presence of Mr Ruto and beseech voters to vote for him and in 2022 they should also prepare to vote for “kamwana gaka” (this young man).
At one time, he stated that Jubilee was to be in power for 20 years with him doing 10 years and Mr Ruto going for another 10 drawing the ire of the opposition.
All this camaraderie talk has now dissipated. Since he was sworn in for second term, the president is yet to repeat the succession remark he often uttered in his first term.
His appearances with Mr Ruto have been fewer and far between. Instead, Mr Kenyatta extols the March 9 handshake he had with Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Mr Kenyatta is credited to having said that Mr Ruto is well known for “Kutangatanga’ (moving aimlessly), a remark that the latter took in his stride.
To his credit, Mr Ruto has not shown any signs of strain in their relationship despite Mr Kenyatta’s loud signals.
Mr Ruto has instead been making numerous trips to central Kenya where he has his point men in every county. These point men have in the past stated that they are under immense pressure from unmanned people to stop associating themselves with Mr Ruto.
Politically Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga have been reading from the same script and Mt Kenya leaders have been wondering whether the President also supports the call for referendum just like his new found political friend. Most MPs from Central have been aligning their political message with that of Mr Ruto to the chagrin of close friends of Mr Kenyatta.
It is perhaps in this back drop that Mr Kamanda made his speech. His carefully selected words were uttered in Kikuyu and in the presence of Mr Kenyatta, Mr Ruto and Mr Odinga.
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“We as Kikuyu do not have another leader or spokesman except President Kenyatta. Even after five years into your retirement Mr President, you will still be our spokesman. Some people (read Kikuyu MPs) should stop taking Kikuyus for granted. Kikuyus will not to be taken to market place to be sold like commodities,” thundered Mr Kamanda.
He went on to extol the handshake which he said has cooled of the fights between Kikuyus and Luos.
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