Uhuru ally dismisses Muturi installation as Mt Kenya spokesman

Influential nominated MP Maina Kamanda has dismissed the installation of National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi as Mt Kenya spokesman.

Kamanda said Muturi is rather being used by Tangatanga to fight President Uhuru Kenyatta in his backyard.

The former Starehe MP said the installation was insignificant and inconsequential as President Uhuru is still the region’s kingpin and spokesman.

“When we were in Sagana we agreed that President Uhuru is our spokesman and kingpin and as long as he is alive nobody else can be anointed,” Kamanda told the Star.

In what pointed to deep cracks in Mt Kenya over President Uhuru’s succession matrix, Kamanda said Muturi is trying to undermine President Uhuru through the installation.

“Under the Kikuyu culture, a son does not take away his father’s seat or matrimonial bed when he is still alive, that is an abomination,” Kamanda said.

The Uhuru ally wondered how Muturi would organise the ceremony to install him as the Mt Kenya spokesman yet he was well aware that leaders from the region endorsed Uhuru to continue with the role even to retirement.

“These are people being used by deputy president William Ruto to undermine the President and we shall not allow that to happen when the head of state is our de facto leader,” he said.

On Saturday Muturi was installed by the Njuri Nceke council of elders as Mt Kenya spokesman.

The speaker was coronated in an elaborate event attended by hundreds of elders, largely from his Mt Kenya backyard.

This event is seen as part of an elaborate plan that prepares him to succeed Uhuru.

The ceremony was attended by Several MPS including Agriculture Cabinet secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri.

However, protests from Kamanda, a key ally of Uhuru would point to deep succession intrigues roiling the region ahead of 2022. Uhuru had in January chaired a high-level leader meeting in Sagana state lodge where politicians endorsed him as the de facto kingpin and spokesman of the Mt Kenya region.

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