Even before the dust settles on the heightened political season in the country, two legislators from Central Kenya region have kicked-started succession politics.
Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) and Sabina Chege (Murang’a Women’s Rep) re-opened the 2022 succession debate at the weekend with a declaration that the region will totally back Deputy President William Ruto in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
They spoke during the burial of Erick Keter, the immediate former Belgut MP on Saturday. DP Ruto attended the occasion. “Forget about small times who have said otherwise about who to succeed President Uhuru.
The entire Central region is fully behind you to succeed the President in 2022 poll. We already have “a cheque which will not bounce” and we are telling you to count on us in the polls,” Kuria told the DP. He said Ruto was equal to the task and urged the DP to work with the Head of the State for the two to leave a good legacy.
Chege said leaders from Mount Kenya region will be at the forefront in campaigning for Ruto’s candidature the moment he declares interest in the highest seat in the country. She said leaders from the region have fully decided to back the DP in the 2022 poll. The late Keter, 69, was the immediate former Belgut MP.
He passed on a week ago while receiving treatment at a Nairobi hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. The funeral service was held at Sosiot playing ground in Belgut constituency, Kericho county.
When the DP took the podium he steered clear of politics and concentrated on development of the country. He asked all political leaders irrespective of their affiliations to work with the government to deliver on election pledges.
“Politics is over and it is time we got down to business so that the people get services. It is now time for development and all of us must join efforts to take the nation to the next level,” said the DP.
He urged leaders to assist the residents join National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) saying many people are yet to meet the cost of quality medical care.