Kiunjuri accuses Ruto of trying to weaken Mt. Kenya politics
The Service Party (TSP) leader Mwangi Kiunjuri has warned Deputy President William Ruto against his clarion call of a 6-piece voting pattern, saying the move is tantamount to weakening Mt. Kenya leaders.
Speaking on Sunday during the opening of TSP offices in Kathwana, Tharaka Nithi County, Kiunjuri said Mt. Kenya leaders should be firm in their resolve to protect their political vehicles, as this will earn them respect in the eyes of presidential hopefuls they wish to support.
“Kama vyama vya kisiasa lazima tuheshimiane, don't say you were frustrated, when you are also trying to frustrate others. it will be dangerous if we all get into one vehicle." Kiunjuri said.
The TSP leader said pre and post election coalitions will be entered into only if there will be existing political parties with backing.
“Sasa hivi unataka kumaliza vyama vingine, lakini hujui kule mbeke kutakuwa aje. You may need us huko mbele," he added.
While advocating what he terms as mix-and-catch voting pattern, Kiunjuri said party euphorias may yield poor leaders who only ride on party popularity, but no tangible development records to show.
“Msichague vyama, chagueni viongozi ambao matendo yao yanaonekana. TSP ikiwaletea viongozi wabaya, msiwachagua. mtu asikuje hapa kuwaimbia wimbo ya chama, atuambie ni nini amefanya," noted Kiunjuri.
There are heightened political activities in the Mt.Kenya region, with every political contender jostling to get a share of votes.
The region has also seen many political parties being registered and Kiunjuri says more political parties should be encouraged.
Kiunjuri further accused the DP of playing double standards by calling for the dissolution of political parties in Mt.kenya while also advocating for a working relationship with parties from other regions.