ODM leader Raila Odinga visited Murang’a County for a musical extravanza where he was declared fit to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Leader after leader praised Raila for the handshake that saved Kenya from sinking into civil war and the support he has extended to President Uhuru is his second term – that has enabled him concentrate on his presidential duties.
President Uhuru has said in the past that the support he has got from Raila has enabled him develop the country faster and better.
At Gatanga, the leaders said Mt Kenya region was ready to support Raila’s presidential bid in 2022 saying he was the best bet for the region and country at large.
Kieni MP Kanini Kega said Mt Kenya region has not forgotten the great support Raila has offered to the region and asked him to continue visiting the regions freely and that the doors are open.
“We have not forgotten, when you said Kibaki Tosha, we have not forgotten the handshake and we have not forgotten that your father refused to form government until Mzee Kenyatta was released. Continue visiting us, our doors are open, our votes have not been committed to any one,” said Kega.
Former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth asked Raila to increase his forays in Mt Kenya to meet and engage the people supporting the sentiments of Kega.
Among the leaders present were five governors led by Mwangi wa Iria (Muranga), James Nyoro (Kiambu), Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia) Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and James Ongwae (Kisii), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) and Anyang’ Nyongo (Kisumu). Several MPs were also present from across the country as well as MCAs.
Raila was attending an event where musicians across the music industry have come together to appreciate and celebrate efforts that have been made by President Uhuru in supporting local talents.
Key among them is the elimination of taxes on Skiza tunes is one of the joys expressed by the Kenyan musicians saying it has resulted to additional disposable income.
Raila was representing Uhuru who is currently in the United Kingdom om official duties.
Mt Kenya has recently been a hive of activities as political suitors woe the region’s 8.5 million votes.
At the weekend the region hosted ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi all seeking support for their political formations.
A section of Central Kenya leaders were also in Meru preaching unity for the region under one political party.