On Tuesday, however, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria met a group of MPs from Central Kenya to declare their support for Mawathe.
This placed him at odds with other contenders from Central Kenya who felt they were better suited for the job.
The President’s move is seen as a deliberate strategy to take charge of his legacy projects, especially the Big Four Agenda, coming just days after a storm in his Central Kenya backyard that he had neglected the region.
Fish farmers travel to Sagana in Central Kenya to buy fingerlings.
Washiali said Mudavadi was unwisely banking on Central Kenya to catapult him to power.
While this may be ideal in a homogeneous society, it contributes to feelings of exclusion in diverse societies like Kenya,” said Kuria, who recently apologized to President Uhuru Kenyatta, after causing acrimony with accusations that he had neglected Central Kenya during his leadership.
Wambugu, former Kanu nominated Senator Paul Njoroge and ex-Kiambu governor William Kabogo have gone on record telling the DP that he is not assured of Central Kenya support in 2022.
Projects promised by the government but are yet to start include the Dedan Kimathi University Innovation Hub, a cancer centre, the six Sh200 billion mega dams in Kieni and the Kennol-Isiolo dual carriageway.
Especially as the proposed lines of cleavage for this secession project, as indicated in the opposition’s maps, were bound to prove disastrous to Uhuru’s political backyard of Central Kenya.
When Peter Kenneth, Martha Karua and Paul Muite were asked by Central Kenya to leave the race but refused, the people of Mt Kenya knew who their leaders were and voted for them almost to a man,” Muluka said.