By Ngunjiri Wambugu
It’s too early to discuss 2022 elections but so that I don’t look like am part of a herd let me add my PERSONAL OPINION, now that my brother Hon MK has introduced the issue.
As a Mt Kenya voter my PERSONAL vote for president will go to the person who;
1. Most clearly & dedicatedly will have committed themselves to ensuring President Kenyatta’s legacy is delivered, established & secured, and especially during this, his second term.
2. Guarantees unconditionally to all Kenyans (but of course I am biased to especially those from Mt Kenya) that we can live and work anywhere in Kenya without fear that our political choices could mean death or destruction of property to us or our loved ones.
3. Promotes national unity, cohesion and integration; and has a plan to deliver socio-political and economic development for majority of Kenyans based on merit; (and of course has shown that they respect the constitution, support democracy and understand that national interest is Supreme, in every engagement)
Essentially what am saying is that whereas I agree with MK on some things, I disagree with others. Most importantly .. in 2022 my vote will not depend on betrayal or paying debts; there’s no such thing in politics.
So my vote – and for those that I can influence – will depend on the points above. Period.
Oh … & nobody is or has ever been supported for the presidency of any country anywhere on earth, ‘unconditionally’.
But as I said, it is too early to be having conversations about 2022.
So, this morning I bump into my good friend and colleague Hon Moses Kuria, MP for Gatundu South, outside a church in my Constituency speaking to media, as I walk in. Apparently .. from what he told the media – he had come all the way from Kiambu to Nyeri, to tell us Nyeri folks, that Mt Kenya region is fully behind DP William Ruto for the Presidency in 2022.
He also said that my post yesterday – which he seems to have somehow misunderstood as me saying that I will not support the DP for presidency 2022 – which is not what I said but anyway – 😏- is my personal opinion; something which I actually said in said post, and in CAPS!
So my team is asking me what to do? Should we ask whether he was sent to respond to my FB post (wow!) and wonder, by who, and why? Should we be concerned that an MP can come to another MP’s Constituency to ‘correct’ an FB post? Should we wonder why Mheshimiwa Moses Kuria, ‘Njamba Ya Bururi’, felt it’s okay to come to our Constituency without the basic courtesy of letting the area MP know?
But I have told them that is petty politics.
I have asked them what they would think if a group of local leaders from Nyeri Town started going around the Constituency holding press conferences and meeting people in public gatherings to tell them that they must vote for me in 2022, unconditionally. A young man has answered that the group would obviously be doing this because they want something from me, na wananifunika macho.
Then another team member tells me that voters; especially those from Nyeri Town but including those from across Mt Kenya and everywhere else in the country; are very very smart these days. They know that no-one can ask them to decide who to vote for in 2022, in 2018. They also know that whether I get re-elected in 2022 is fully dependent on how I perform, for them, between now and then.
Again, I agreed.
Am sure even the Deputy President knows all these things especially as he’s been in this game a long time.
Meanwhile .. the wisdom of young people these days! .. unbelievable!