After holding a series of luncheons and meeting several presidential candidates, Mt Kenya foundation (MKF) has settled on OMD leader Raila Odinga for the 2022 presidential elections.
And to ratify the decision, MKF has organized a luncheon at Nairobi’s Safari Park Hotel for leaders from the region when Raila will be presented with a “covenant” document that will contain the interests of Mt Kenya region.
Raila will then be expected to endorse the covenant when he launches his presidential bid on Friday at the Kasarani Stadium under his Azimio La Umoja campaign mantra.
An invite for the luncheon signed by the MKF vice chairman Titus Ibui said the event was to “help strengthen the bonds and ties in our region and deepen areas of mutual interest and concern in the future.’
MKF was thrust on the political spotlight after it hosted Raila to a luncheon two months ago for discussions on what his presidency would mean for Mt Kenya region.
At the time MKF chairman Peter Munga said no decision had been made on who the region would support for the 2022 presidential election saying they would meet all the candidates and make a decision afterwards.
Two weeks later, MKF again hosted the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) in a meeting that was attended by all the OKA principals led by Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula, Gideon Moi and Cyrus Njirongo.
After hosting OKA for the same luncheon, MKF hosted leaders from Mt Kenya North grouped as UPYA where they agreed to walk together since the two regions will not be sponsoring a presidential candidate.
A prominent member of MKF and former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru said the region has finally settled on Raila because after evaluation he has the best interests for Kenya and the region.
He said Raila has shown the willingness to work with Mt Kenya region and that his support for President Uhuru and the handshake is a clear example that he will ensure the country is safe and secure for every Kenyans including those from Mt Kenya region.
“Raila to us, signifies safety and continuity. There are candidates that make our people feel very insecure. Raila is our safest bet,” said Waweru.
Waweru said Raila has undertaken to protect and preserve President Uhuru’s towering legacy on development and that he has the mettle and stability to achieve it.
He said during the luncheon Raila will be presented with a covenant that will contain the issues that are close to the heart of Mt Kenya region and which they are concerned about.
Waweru said a stable economy is of great interest to the Mt Kenya leaders who thrive in businesses and would like a leadership that will create an enabling environment.