The Governor of Embu, Martin Wambora, Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), the Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, the Governor of Tharaka Nithi, Muthomi Njuki, and the former Senator of Embu, Lenny Kivuti, after a summit of leaders in Nairobi. [Courtesy]
Efforts to create a political vehicle for Mt Kenya East are almost complete as key stakeholders in the initiative hold last-minute talks.
Reliable sources supporting the formation of the political vehicle said there are plans to launch it this weekend after talks last weekend and earlier this week.
Sources said the meetings were mainly chaired by Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi, with some high-ranking politicians from Meru, Embu and Tharaka Nithi counties represented.
Among those to be represented are Governors Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi), Martin Wambora (Embu), and National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, who was led by the three and several other leaders of Mt.
Also joining the talks is Maoka Maore, vice chairman of the National Assembly, who attended some of the meetings, including a meeting with the three governors, Muturi and former Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti, in Nairobi this week.
According to sources, some of the leaders who were not part of the plan are Agriculture Cabinet Minister Peter Munya and Senator Mithika Linturi.
Munya is allied with the National Unity Party (PNU), which is under the control of its allies, while Linturi is the front of Vice President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) in Mount Kenya East.
Lawyer Mugambi Imanyara, who heads the legal front to either start a new outfit or take over and rename an existing party, was hesitant with details when reached yesterday.
“I always wanted to be there because I know the portions of salt, the spices, and the additives that make this food delicious and nutritious,” said Imanyara.
He said the party formation requests were progressing well and made it clear that he would not release any important information ahead of time. “When you are in the kitchen, you can only share when the meal is ready, but you have to have the skill so that the patience of the guests does not run out.”
The 2017 runner-up in the Meru Senate is remembered as the man who registered the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) after the 2005 referendum.
A source said that while the party has a national perspective, it will have its backbone in the region.