We will support you despite intimidation: Mount Kenya leaders tell Gachagua

A section of Mount Kenya leaders allied to the UDA party have pledged full support to Vice President Rigathi Gachagua.

Speaking on Tuesday during the burial of the late Julius Kano, the leaders warned that the region risks becoming politically divided if they do not support Gachagua as spokesperson for the region.

For his part, Gachagua highlighted that a section of Mt Kenya leaders have committed to dividing the community along ethnic lines.

He said the community will always support the Kenya Kwanza administration and promised that he will not allow a section of leaders to divide the community.

“I know that there are few people who are committed to dividing our people, but we will allow that to happen, our people are wise,” Gachagua said.

Maragua MP Mary Wamaua said the region has been a political target of opponents and urged the vice president to focus on service delivery.

“Vice President Rigathi Gachagua, do not be distracted. Focus. Those who talk a lot today were not there when we were campaigning for this government. They were busy with other parties, while others came at night,” he said.

He said the region should not be a political target and branded as tribal when its leaders unite and support their leaders.

“When other communities come together, it is not political, but when we, the leaders of the Mount Kenya region, regroup and speak with one voice, they say we are tribal, we will not allow that to happen again,” Wamaua said.

Kirinyaga representative Njeri Maina said the Mount Kenya region will fully support Gachagua and President William Ruto.

He said those who want Gachagua to resign are taking the matter too far.

“Vice President, we will support you and President Ruto, and those who want you to resign are wrong,” Njeri said.

Nominated senator Verónica Maina urged Gachagua to continue working for the people regardless of the opposition.

“I signed your certificate with President Ruto, I can assure you that you are the vice president and no one can take it away from you,” Maina said.

Kirinyaga Central MP Gachoki Gitari urged Gachagua to stick to his line as vice president and ignore the occupied bodies, noting that they will deal with them.

“Vice President, the bishop spoke to you and told you that you are second in command, we are your children and we will support you,” Gitari said.

Kirinyaga senator Kamau Murango said those passing through the Mount Kenya dividing region will not be allowed passage.

He noted that they would support Gachagua without fear or intimidation.

“The mountain has turned against itself, instead of focusing on development, we are here fighting against ourselves and dreaming of thinking that we can inherit the seat that is not vacant,” he said.