Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has been installed as Mt Kenya spokesman by the Njuri Nceke council of elders.
In an elaborate event attended by hundreds of elders from his Mt Kenya backyard, the speaker was coronated preparing him to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
Muturi becomes the fifth leader to be installed by Njuri Nceke after Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta, former President Mwai Kibaki, President Kenyatta, and Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi.
Elders and political leaders from the region have been laying the ground for Muturi’s bid for the presidency in 2022. Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya also attended the event.
Kenyan Insider has established that those backing the speaker are also going flat out to package him as a 2022 presidential candidate, the idea being that the 64-year-old speaker is “a safe pair of hands to bring the community together.”
Muturi has been approached by the Njuri Nceke Council of Elders, the Kiama Kiama Kikuyu Council of Elders, the Embu and Mbeere Cultural Elders, as well as religious leaders.
Several MPs, not only from the speaker’s Mt Kenya East backyard but also from other counties in Central, have joined the push.