By Kimani Tirus
A section of legislators from Mt. Kenya region have asked Deputy President William Ruto to pick the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi as his running mate in the 2022 presidential elections.
Led by Mbeere North Member of Parliament Muriuki Njagagua, they said should Ruto pick Muturi as his running mate, Mt Kenya region will fully support him.
They said that Muturi has not been implicated in any corruption scandal and for many years has served in public service and has gained a wealth of experience.
Speaking during a thanksgiving ceremony for Manyatta MP John Muchiri, in Embu, Njagagua said no one can be compared to Speaker Muturi for the position of Ruto’s running mate.
Njagagua was supported by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa, who noted that Embu County has been faithfully supporting past regimes and should be considered for the slot of the running mate.
“Embu county residents cannot be taken for granted. They supported Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s, Moi’s and Kibaki’s regimes and overwhelmingly voted for Jubilee government. What Embu people will decide is what we shall go by,” said Ichungwa.
Murugara Gitonga the Tharaka MP said that he will speak to Tharaka Nithi County Senator Professor Kithure Kindiki who is also angling for number two, to allow Muturi to be Ruto’s running mate.
Nominated MP Cecily Mbarire noted that 2022 is the time for the Mt. Kenya to reward Ruto for his support to President Uhuru Kenyatta in the two terms.
In response to the MPs’ proposal, Ruto, who graced the occasion said Jubilee Party will sit down when time comes and decide who will be the flagbearer for every seat.
However, the DP agreed that Muturi has a wealth of experience as he was the Chief Whip when President Uhuru and him were the leaders of opposition and urged the lawmakers to support him fully to work for the people of Kenya as the Speaker of the National Assembly in the remaining years.
‘JB’ (Muturi) as he is popularly referred to, was first elected to the National Assembly in the 1999 by-election to represent Siakago constituency on a KANU ticket after the death of Cyrus Ita.
In 2002 he defended his seat and was appointed by the 10th parliament to serve in various house committees.
Other MPs who attended the ceremony were; Alice Wahome MP Kandara, Geoffrey King’ang’i MP Mbeere South, Erick Muchangi ,the Runyejes MP, Gichohi Mwangi MP Nyeri , Njeru Ndwiga the Embu Senator and more than 10 members of County Assembly of Embu.