BY FRED MAKANA
Former first lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta has waded into the 2022 succession race with a call Mt Kenya residents to support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s position who has endorsed ODM leader Raila Odinga presidential bid later in August.
Mama Ngina who has for many years steered clear of politics made the rare comments on Tuesday in Kafangi village of Gatundu South, Kiambu County.
She appeared to have been angered by the decision of DP Ruto to pitch tent in her Gatundu home turf when he hurled insults at Uhuru for his decision to endorse Raila.
Ruto has been loudly criticised for his action of going to Uhuru’s backyard with a group of politicians with the sole purpose of insulting Uhuru at home
On her part Mama Ngina said individual who insult other people are demonstrating a fact that they were not raised well and that they should just be left alone to deal with their issues.
She said Uhuru had no ill feeling against Ruto but left him alone when he (Uhuru) discovered that Ruto had bad issues.
Mama Ngina urged the Mt Kenya community to continue supporting Uhuru and follow the direction that he has shown them – that is supporting Raila for the presidency.
According to Mama Ngina said President Uhuru will not mislead the people of Kenya and that he has the best interests of the country at heart contrary to propaganda being peddled in the country.
She made reference to the broken relations between President Kenyatta and his estranged deputy William Ruto saying the DP had abandoned his boss instead of supporting him in developing the country.
Mama Ngina made the remarks during the burial of Nelly Wanjiku, mother of Bishop Ernest Karanja.
“Those who are insulting others, we will let them be, maybe the insults are informed by how they were raised. Let us try to love one another in our country and drive the country’s affairs forward, and be aware of where you are headed,” she said.
“And your leader cannot lead you on the path that is not good for you. I tell you, he who sits on a tree stump knows what the ants eat. He (Uhuru) had no problem with his deputy, but if your deputy shows ill intentions would you bother with him or carry on. Where he (Uhuru) shows you, please follow that direction.”
The remarks come hot on the heels sustained propaganda over President Uhuru’s decision to back Azimio La Umoja presidential hopeful Raila Odinga.
The president has all along mainatined Raila is the best placed person to steer the country forward after he exits office in August.