Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria who has been leading efforts to unite Mt Kenya says they have now agreed that the region will take nothing less than a deputy president and 40% of the government.
Kuria said since the region has accepted it will not field a presidential candidate come 2022, it will only support a candidate who will offer the regions its bare minimums that must be based on the number of votes.
He said since Mt Kenya has 40% of the voters, it must get its fair share of government which is a deputy president and 40% of Cabinet Secretaries, 40% of permanent secretaries, 40% of ambassadors among other positions.
“We have agreed that the position of the deputy president is not negotiable commensurate with our numbers. We have 40 per cent of the voters in Kenya are from Mt Kenya region. Now that we have given in to other people to see how they can lead the country, we cannot completely give up on everything. The position of the deputy president is non-negotiable,’’ said Kuria.
He went on to say that, ‘’second thing we want to have a share. Not a favourable but a proportional share of government. So if we have got 22 Cabinet Secretaries, 7 must come from Mt Kenya, 40% must come from Mt Kenya.’’
Kuria said currently Mt Kenya has two to three Cabinet Secretaries which he said is unfair considering the region’s big numbers.
Kuria who is the party leader of Chama Cha Kazi has also organized a Mt Kenya leaders’ forum in Naivasha on Monday where they are going to further discuss issues surrounding the unity of the region ahead of the 2022 general elections.
He said it is only when the region is united that the big numbers can matter because by speaking in one voice they will be able to pursue and negotiate the interests of the region.
After falling out with the Deputy President William Ruto, Kuria embarked on a mission to unite the region and is part of a caucus with The Service Party (TSP) leader and former CS Mwangi Kiunjuri and Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua.
The caucus has since grown and has included Jubilee Party members of Parliament from Central Kenya and their unity message is resonating in the region.