Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina has deplored political divisions in Central region and lack of a strong presidential candidate barely three years to the exit of Uhuru Kenyatta from State House.
During an interview with the Star in Nairobi, the senator said that at no time in the country’s history has the region lacked a clear and strong “heir apparent”, as it does today.
He said on Friday the disunity in the region, pitting the Kieleweke and Tangatanga groupings against each other, means the region will lack a strong voice and thus become irrelevant in political equations and bargains.
The Tangatanga group is allied to Deputy President William Ruto. The DP has declared he wants to succeed Uhuru but Kieleweke is opposed to his bid.
Maina said that since independence, Central has had always one or two strong presidential candidates with a national appeal, and a strong command structure and support on the ground.
He cited Jomo Kenyatta during the struggle for independence, Mwai Kibaki and Kenneth Matiba during the reign of President Daniel Moi.
During Kibaki's tenure, Uhuru was also presented as the region’s leader ready to take the mantle with the exit of Kibaki.
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