In what seems to be a “do or die” by-election campaign for the Kiambaa constituency parliamentary seat formerly held by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s kin the late Patrick Koinange, Jubilee party strategists are mulling over several options.
Among the options on the table, sources told The Weekly Vision, will include a “vicious but intensive” call into prime-time discussions in all Kikuyu FM radio stations explaining the need to “remain united’ as the 2022 elections approach or ‘live to regret.’
- A furious President Uhuru is said to have given his main central Kenya political advisers David Murathe the Jubilee vice chairman, Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, and respected business investor-scholar Peter Kagwanga, a dressing down at state house!
The discussions will see most of the interviews held by President Kenyatta “replayed” skilfully as an all-out campaign to secure the president’s political home turf that appears to be slipping away from his grip! This follows what many say was a clear protest vote in the recent Juja and Rurii by-elections where candidates allied to the president lost heavily to deputy president William Ruto allied parties. A furious President Uhuru is said to have given his main central Kenya political advisers David Murathe the Jubilee vice chairman, Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, and respected business investor-scholar Peter Kagwanga, a dressing down at state house!
A clearly outraged president, demanded an explanation and told off his advisers for “peddling falsehoods” on central Kenya voter perception of his government. Many central Kenya voters especially in Kiambu are bitter with Uhuru for failing to revive their key economic sectors of tea, coffee and the dairy industry, while roads in Gatundu have also degenerated into “buffalo tracks!” in reference to the road network in the area.
The voters further say they are not amused that President has “short-changed’ his deputy William Ruto despite the DP’s overwhelming support to his boss. President Uhuru told his minders that he could not believe that he could lose face in his “own home county” to a little-known party backed by that “mugoroki” the sources say. The president is said to have tasked the Nyoro-led team a task to ‘redeem itself” by bagging the Kiamba seat “at all cost” saying he would brook no further excuses of failure in his own home-turf a year before he retires.
It is from here that strategists are understood to have zeroed in on reviving the ghosts of the emotive Kiamba church fire tragedy in Eldoret to whip up ethnic support. Kiambaa is described as typically ‘hardcore” Kikuyu tribesmen proud of their culture and tradition. They are understood to have been traumatised by the events of the 2007-08 post-election violence that claimed lives of their own but many say they shave since come to terms with the past and have “forgiven and moved on.” in the spirit of reconciliation with their former Kalenjin adversaries.
Several elders who spoke to us told off campaigners keen to revive the “ghosts of the departed” church fire victims saying it could not sway their political direction and was an exercise in futility! The feuding Kikuyu-Kalenjin in Rift valley reconciled in 2012 forming a political alliance that handed their ‘son” Uhuru power for 2 terms! Uhuru promised ‘kumi tena” for his deputy in return which he has since disowned! They warned that Uhuru faces embarrassing defeat if he tries to revive the past unfortunate tragedy.
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