As political temperatures continue to rise ahead of 2022 polls, Nyeri Kanu branch has cautioned William Ruto against undermining Unity Kenyatta by downplaying the handshake between with Raila Odinga.
The branch chairman Karanjawa Njeru, said if Ruto is uncomfortable with the marriage between Uhuru and Raila, he should tender his resignation to pave way for Kenyans to take the route chosen by the head of state.
The branch also supported calls for the referendum, noting that a parliamentary system of government would ensure inclusivity and drastically scale down vices like ethnicity and regional politics.
Njeru said the branch supports Baringo senator Gideon Moi for president in 2022.
Kenya African National Union party members from the North Rift now want Baringo Senator Gideon Moi to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
The leaders drawn from Baringo, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties affirmed their support for Mr Moi during a meeting in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet on Friday.
Mr Moi is yet to publicly declare his interest in the presidency.
24) Some confused Kenyans believe @UKenyatta, @RailaOdinga, @WilliamsRuto and Gideon Moi are “presidential material” because they have looted public resources and are are now “rich,” yet they have no vision, no progressive ideology and no integrity.
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The meeting was organised to strategise on how to strengthen Mr Moi’s candidacy in the region.
Kanu Rift Valley coordinator Paul Kibet said party members and delegates want Mr Moi to contest the top seat.
“We have been urged by Kanu members across the country to start putting in place measures to prepare our party leader for the highest seat on land,” Mr Kibet said during the meeting at Cheptebo AIC Conference Centre.
They said Mr Moi’s record in the country’s politics makes him the most suitable person to succeed Mr Kenyatta.
“Kanu committed no mistake during President Daniel arap Moi’s 24-year rule and that is why the party should take power. Gideon has a clean record unlike other aspirants who have been linked to corruption,” Mr Kibet said.
Mr Stanley Kipkechem, a Kanu official from Baringo, asked Jubilee leaders to stop vilifying the party chairman.
“They have been fighting Gideon whenever he visits different regions. Let them know that Gideon does not play in their league,” Mr Kipkechem said.
Mr Julius Kipsoi from Elgeyo-Marakwet asked President Kenyatta to back Mr Moi “because he has supported you before”.
“The President should return the favour by supporting Gideon. We shall be reaching out to Kenyans in other counties soon,” Mr Kipsoi said.