Deputy President William Ruto has declared that he is the Mt Kenya political supremo thus any other leader who wants votes from the region must talk to him.
Mr Ruto dismissed ODM leader Raila Odinga as an outsider in the Mount Kenya region, who is joining the vote-hunt in the region too late.
“Kuna watu wamejua leo ati kuna mlima na sasa wameanza kutafta Google map ati ili waanze kupanda mlima, ningetaka kuwaambia kuwa mimi ndiye mwenye mlima (There are people who have realised today there is a mountain and are now looking for it on Google map. They should know that I own the votes here).
The DP, who is seemingly walking a political tightrope to maintain a grip on Mt Kenya region in the wake of Mr Odinga’s aggressive forays, dismissed the ODM leader’s recent visits to the region.
“I am welcoming them to the mountain but as they come, let them know that mlima ina wenyeji (Mt Kenya has its owners). When they were away, I made several tours to the region, we built roads and initiated other development projects,” said the DP at the Nyahururu DEB Primary School in Laikipia County. He later addressed another meeting at Central Park grounds in Nanyuki town.
His allies echoed his sentiments, saying the DP is the Mt Kenya pointman and political decisions affecting them will rest with him. They also downplayed a meeting between the ODM leader and Mt Kenya Foundation leaders.
“The tycoons are meeting in Nairobi to auction us. Let them stay with their money and wealth. Ruto owns the votes in Mt Kenya region so let them continue with their meetings and bring the report to Ruto who has the people and they will make a decision,” said Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua.
Sourced from Nation