Democratic Party of Kenya (DP) pick Justine Muturi as Presidential candidate

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi

According to the party’s director of elections Mr D.K Munene, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi qualifies to be the “lamp” for the Central Kenya region in 2022

By The Weekly Vision Online

Deputy President William Ruto may have every reason to worry about the level of support in the vote-rich Mount Kenya region. The region that has produced three of Kenya’s four presidents in 60 years still has no serious presidential candidate in the 2022 elections.

President Uhuru Kenyatta who steps down in August 2022 has groomed no successor from the area and says it’s time for other “tribes” to rule. One of the country’s oldest political parties since the 1992 resumption of multi-party politics, the Democratic Party (DP) has crowned National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi as its flag-bearer. Muturi, according to party director of elections Tetu politician D.K Munene qualifies to be the “lamp” for the Central Kenya region in 2022.

Some politicians claim it was wrong for President Uhuru Kenyatta not to have groomed a successor, he is about to leave them as “political orphans”, other “jokers” from Central Kenya include Jimmy Wanjigi and Muranga governor Mwangi wa Iria. The Mount Kenya vote is widely thought to be a do or die contest between Ruto and former prime minister Raila Odinga

In 2002, the DP party fronted by Makerere university-trained economist Mwai Kibaki became the united NARC opposition candidate backed by Raila Odinga. In the Moi succession duel, Kibaki defeated Uhuru Kenyatta his fellow tribesman. Kibaki also from the Kikuyu tribe became Kenya’s third president. He succeeded Moi, a Kalenjin. In 60 years only 2 tribes out of 47 have ruled Kenya!

DP has not been outspoken since Kibaki retired in 2013. Kibaki passed the mantle to Uhuru Kenyatta. But many Central Kenya political watchers have waved aside speaker Muturi as a “joker in the park”! They claim he can only play a spoiler’s role; others say the speaker is angling for a possible post-2022 power deal with whoever carries the day in the Uhuru succession race.

Some claim it was wrong for Uhuru not to groom a successor, he is about to leave them as “political orphans”, they say! Other “jokers” in central Kenya include Jimmy Wanjigi and Muranga governor Mwangi wa Iria. The Mount Kenya vote is widely thought to be a do or die contest between Ruto and former prime minister Raila Odinga. Raila claims the mountain owes him big time and it’s time the “political debt” is paid in full!

He claims credit for Kibaki victory in 2002 and his dad Jaramogi for Jomo becoming the founding president in 1961. Revival of the Kikuyu-Luo alliance that collapsed in 1966 is now at the heart of Odinga’s 2022 presidential quest.

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