Muranga, Kenya – Fifteen Members of Parliament (MPs) have endorsed Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro to succeed President William Ruto in 2032, should he secure a second term in office.
The legislators, drawn from various parts of the country, endorsed Nyoro on Friday during an event held at Murang’a County’s Mumbi Grounds.
Gatundu North MP Elijah Kururia, who is one of the leaders behind the endorsement, said that Nyoro is the best person to lead the Mt. Kenya region in 2032.
“We don’t have a leader who can lead us well in this region,” Kururia said. “That leader is Ndindi Nyoro.”
Shinyalu MP Fred Ikana added that Nyoro is a young and energetic leader who is well-liked by the people of Mt. Kenya.
“Nyoro is a leader who can unite the region and bring development,” Ikana said.
The endorsement of Nyoro is a significant development in the Mt. Kenya region, which is seen as a key swing region in Kenyan politics.
It is also a sign of growing discontent with Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, who is seen as the frontrunner to succeed Ruto in 2032.
Gachagua has been consolidating his support in Mt. Kenya in recent months, but the endorsement of Nyoro suggests that he faces a challenge from within his own camp.
Nyoro is a young and energetic leader who is well-liked by the people of Mt. Kenya. He is also seen as a more unifying figure than Gachagua, who has been criticized for his divisive rhetoric.
It remains to be seen whether Nyoro will be able to unite the Mt. Kenya region and build a strong coalition to challenge Gachagua in 2032. However, his endorsement is a significant step forward in his quest to become the region’s next leader.
The endorsement is expected to ignite new debates and divisions in the Mount Kenya region, where Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua is considered the de facto leader due to his seniority in government.
Prior to the August 2022 elections, former President Uhuru Kenyatta was the undisputed leader of the region, but his influence waned upon leaving office. Gachagua has consistently asserted his leadership in Mount Kenya, despite some local political leaders openly opposing him.
While the next elections in Kenya are four years away, it appears that political leaders are already gearing up for the 2027 and 2032 campaigns.