Uhuru discusses politics with Peter Kenneth in Murang’a


Peter KennethPresident Uhuru Kenyatta held a meeting with Kenya National Congress leader Peter Kenneth in Murang’a on Tuesday.

Details of the meeting are still scanty but their host JAP vice-chairman Davis Murathe’s told the Star that “PK is coming on board.”

The two also discussed Murang’a’s development agenda as well as that of the entire Central Kenya region.

The two met at Murathe’s home in Gatanga where Uhuru also held a meeting with embattled Muranga Governor Mwangi wa Iria and MPs from the area.

Murathe said that the meeting discussed the progress the Jubilee Alliance Party had made in popularising itself in the county.

“The meetings discussed priorities for the region – roads, water, coffee and tea sectors and also illicit brews. JAP is on course in the county. PK is coming on board,” Murathe said.

Jubilee has been wooing Kenneth to possibly run for Governor either in Muranga or Nairobi but the former Gatanga MP has maintained he will be in the Presidential race.

Sources around the President have claimed that Uhuru has been very keen to have Kenneth run for Governor in Nairobi.

In the 2013 presidential poll, the former Planning Assistant Minister came in fourth with 72,786 votes

against Uhuru’s 6.1 million votes.

The opposition, Cord Coalition, which is led by ODM leader Raila Odinga has also shown an interest in Kenneth trying to have him join their team.

Raila, whose major support comes from Western Kenya, got more votes in Central Kenya, 84,010, than Kenneth, who scored 8,268.

Kenneth has in recent months called on the youth to focus on electing leaders away from tribal lines.

The President was in Muranga attending the burial of former Kandara MP George Ndung’u Mwicigi who he praised as a leader who never went begging the government for resources.

Murathe also revealed that Uhuru sought to use the meeting to reconcile the Governor with the Murang’a MPs and asked them to work together.

“They resolved to work together and stop the constant bickering and infighting,” Murathe told the Star.

The MPs included Jamleck Kamau (Kigumo), Tiras Ngahu (Kangema), Clement Wambugu (Mathioya), Alice Wahome (Kandara) and Murang’s Woman Representative Sabina Chege.


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