Do you think it is possible to gag politicians from politicking? Days after President Uhuru Kenyatta urged politicians from the Mt. Kenya region to stop engaging in the 2022 succession politics and instead focus on development, the politicians seem to have already forgotten about the President’s directive and are now back to dancing to a tune they enjoy and understand best, that of politics.
The Mt Kenya politicians have on their part insisted that the 2022 succession debate must be kept alive. It will be remembered that last week during the the inaugural Dr Wahome Gakuru Half Marathon and fundraising in two churches in Nyeri county, the politicians who accompanied the deputy President William Ruto re-ignited the 2022 succession debate.
A similar spirit pervaded at the funeral of Ruto’s aide Farouk Kibet’s father at Chepsaita in Uasin Gishu where vocal MPs from Mt Kenya and Rift Valley insisted the 2022 debate must not be shunned away with the talk of the next general election completely drowning the President’s warnings.
“The debate on 2022 politics is alive, we cannot overlook it, it’s a healthy talk even as we support the President to cement his legacy through the implementation of the Big Four,” said Kipkelion MP Hillary Kosgey.
In last week’s Nyeri event, Ruto was accompanied by all leaders from the county and now famous right hand men in the form of Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu) and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa and, surprisingly, Migori Governor Okoth Obado.
Led by Ichung’wa, the leaders claimed there were underhand dealings to have DP Ruto prosecuted at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to impede his 2022 presidential ambition. Ichung’wah and Nyoro accused the DP’s opponents of planning to revive the ICC cases on the 2007/08 post-election violence.
“Those trying to bring back ICC should know the wave in support of DP Ruto is unstoppable and 2022 he will be President. The whole of Mt Kenya is behind you,” said Ichung’wa.
The legislator said those giving fresh reports to the ICC were enemies of the country scheming to cause disunity. “They will be defeated come 2022 and the people will show their support for you,” Ichung’wa told Ruto.
The interpretation of the President’s remarks on 2022 has been varied. Some factions believe a message that leaders should keep off the succession debate was clear, while others insist the President has not stopped any discussions.
Some MPs who have been Ruto’s vocal supporters have already changed tune or gone silent. Notable among them is Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, who was the subject of Uhuru’s wrath when Jubilee legislators met him in Nyeri.
Will the MPs finally heed to the President’s calls and Stop politicking?