Why Mount Kenya Residents are Frustrated with Kenyatta’s Presidency

A tea plantation in Central Kenya

A section of residents from the region has claimed Uhuru Kenyatta failed to revive the key sectors of the region’s economy, tea, coffee, and the dairy industry during his two terms as President

By The Weekly Vision Online

For the first time in sixty years, the populous voter rich and economically powerful Mount Kenya region is not likely to produce any serious presidential candidate. The outgoing President, Uhuru Kenyatta has only six months remaining in office and the people from a region that controls virtually almost all key sectors of the economy have every reason to worry about their future.

Many residents and the diaspora from the region have not forgotten the deadly 2007-08 post-election violence that killed 1,350 mainly Kikuyus in the Rift valley. The violence also displaced 650,000 most of them crossing the border to neighbouring Uganda to live as refugees.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with ODM leader Raila Odinga

A section of residents from the region has claimed President Uhuru Kenyatta failed to revive the key sectors of the region’s economy, tea, coffee, and the dairy industry during his two terms as President. The president is also accused of having failed to tame a powerful cartel from the region that has exploited them for a long time. As a result of the failures, voters have sent out “loud and clear messages” through the by-elections held in the region, in which all the Presidents’ candidates have lost. Voters have vowed they will do the same come August in the Presidential elections! Mount Kenya is home to an estimated six million voters including those in the diaspora, making it a key block for any serious Presidential candidate.  

It is not by accident that Deputy President William Ruto has camped in the region since 2018 when President Kenyatta made him “jobless”! DP Ruto continues to earn a salary while not working. An “idle” DP decided to embark on early campaigns, turning his Karen home-cum-office as a base and home to his “Hustler” ideology where he has been handing out free wheelbarrows to the youth, hosting one delegation after another none of whom leave his Karen empty-handed!

And by the time President Uhuru Kenyatta started pushing his “project Raila” It is feared he was running late, having left the DP to engage in premature campaigns. A frustrated president was even heard urging his DP “to work” and stop running around (tanga-tanga). Tanga-Tanga then became Ruto’s rallying call, and it now seems to have been embraced by millions of his supporters. Political experts say if DP Ruto were to take Central Kenya with a landslide, nothing will stop him from being sworn in as President. 

Raila Odinga is well aware of this, that is why he keeps reminding the “House of Mumbi” about the political history between them and the Luo people, will they listen?

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