Speaker Muturi joins DP Ruto in criticizing Mt Kenya Foundation after meeting Raila, OKA principals

Sunday, October 10th, 2021 18:11 |
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi (middle in Kaunda suit)at the ACK St Paul Church in Kiambu town. On the far right is Kabete MP Githua Wamacuru. PHOTO/OLIVER MUSEMBI

National Assembly Speaker Justice Muturi has hit out at a group of Mount Kenya tycoons who have been meeting and vetting presidential aspirants in hotels.

Muturi who is also a presidential aspirant said it is irrelevant and inconsequential for a group of individuals to meet and purport to vet aspirants on behalf of voters.

Recently, Mt Kenya Foundation members held a meeting with presidential hopefuls including One Kenya Alliance principals and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Speaking at the ACK St Paul Church in Kiambu Town on Sunday during a funds drive, Muturi said he will engage voters directly, rubbishing efforts by a clique to 'conduct interviews' for aspirants.

He said that while it is healthy to have political competition, Muturi insisted that fairness should prevail and only voters should choose their leaders.

Muturi took a swipe at some of the participants in meetings organized by the Mt Kenya Foundation accusing them of being implicated in scandals touching on Kenya Medical Supplies Authority.

At the same time, he reiterated that he is his own man and scoffed at the tag of being someone's project.

“Some people who have made politics their business should not put me in that basket called a project. I am nobody’s project. I am a project of God and the people,” he said.

Bishop Charles Muturi of the ACK Mount Kenya South Diocese appeared to break from his church’s recent stand barring politicians from using the pulpit to sell their agenda.

“We have seen very many presidential aspirants and we welcome them to our diocese. We want to hear what they have for us, but they should not come empty-handed,” said the cleric.

He also appealed to Kenyans to register as voters in the ongoing exercise so that they can exercise their democratic rights during the elections.

Muturi's statement echoes Deputy President William Ruto's opinion on the whole Mt Kenya Foundation interviews. Ruto says he won't attend any of such interviews in hotels.

"Unlike other presidential candidates, I will not go for an interview in Nairobi hotels. I will be interviewed by the common wananchi," Ruto said.

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