Vice President Rigathi Gachagua has contacted supporters of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition in Mount Kenya in a further attempt to consolidate support in the region ahead of the 2027 elections.
Speaking just a day after offering to search for former President Uhuru Kenyatta and asking Kenya Kwanza allies not to attack him, Gachagua said he wanted to unify the region to avoid divisions seen in the region in 2022.
Azimio leaders Mr Gachagua is said to be targeting include Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, former Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni, former Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria, and former Igembe North MP, Maoka Maore, among others.
The vice president said the decision to embrace his political rivals was made after listening to opinion leaders in the region.
“Since 2002, the Mount Kenya region has contested elections united. But in 2022, we lost 13 percent of the vote to the opposition. As the region’s highest-ranking politician, I “I was ordered to unite all the leaders. I don’t have my own voice, it’s the voice of the people,” Gachagua said.
He was speaking at the Mikinduri Catholic Church during the funeral of Simon Kaberia, the brother of Tigania East MP Mpuru Aburi.
“This region will never again be divided in elections or in the pursuit of political interests. Since the political season is over, I urge all residents of Azimio to join us,” he said.
Issues affecting the region
The DP said he would not be deterred by those who draw wrong conclusions whenever he addresses issues affecting the region.
“Western Kenya’s leaders have called for unity, but no one misunderstands. The people have asked me to unite the region and I am following those instructions to the letter,” he said.
He said he was keen to ensure that the interests of the region were represented in the Kenya Kwanza administration.
“Currently, we have ensured that the interests of Mount Kenya East and Mount Kenya West are taken into account through appointments. We do not want the traditional differences between East and West to continue,” he said. he declared.
Mr. Gachagua noted that the Kenya Kwanza won by a narrow margin due to divisions in the Mount Kenya region.
“This is the margin that I want us to eliminate in 2027,” Mr. Gachagua said.
He said he would bring together all the Gikuyu, Embu and Meru elders, the youth and the business community to unite their voices ahead of the upcoming elections.
“We have no apologies to make to anyone. Our intention is to increase the president’s support in this region,” the PD said.
The Vice President was accompanied by a number of MPs who pledged to support his unity efforts.