Mwangi wa Iria demands answers from Mutyambai over his blocked entry to Nyandarua county
Murang'a governor Mwangi wa Iria is demanding answers from the inspector general of police after police officers blocked his caravan from entering Nyandarua county on Sunday.
Wa Iria said he does not understand why the officers took such a step claiming they could have acted on orders from above.
Addressing the media at his office on Monday, the governor said he is not a lesser presidential candidate pointing out that three other presidential hopefuls had toured the region and did not get such treatment.
"The deputy president William Ruto, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and ODM leader Raila Odinga were in Mt.Kenya region over the weekend and none of them had their way blocked.
"The three had a police escort in all the places they visited, but the people whom I had sent to popularize my party were turned back,” he noted.
The governor said this sends a clear message that there is a plan to block any leader from the region to vie for the presidency but vowed to fight and pursue his ambition.
Further, he claimed this was profiling the Kikuyu community to create an impression that the region should not produce a presidential candidate.
"I am not taking this issue lightly and as a community, we need answers as to why one of us should be treated like this," he said.
This he said is a dangerous trend and could cause unrest in the region and the country at large.
"We are not going to allow a few individuals to profile our community especially at such a time we are heading to the election," he remarked.
Wa Iria stated he is not going to succumb to any forces of intimidation and nothing shall stop his bid to vie for presidency adding that he shall be in the ballot paper come 2022.
"I will not be cowed and those behind this should know I am going to contest for this seat whether they like it or not.
Even if any other leader from the region shies away from vying for the top seat I will be out back down and Mt.Kenya must produce a presidential candidate,” he added.
The governor said he shall personally visit Nyandarua daring the police officers to stop him claiming he was blocked because he is popular among the residents.
“Any leader is free to come to this region and I should also be free to go to any part of the country without any restriction,” he added.