The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Gema Tells Off Central MPs Over Uhuru Remark

The GEMA cultural association (GCA) has warned Central Kenya MPs to stop insisting that Deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta must be the Jubilee coalition's presidential candidate.

GCA says the MPs and the community should be ready to support and vote for either Uhuru or Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi depending on who wins the alliance's ticket.

The Central Kenya MPs led by Mutava Musyimi last week a issued a statement rejecting Mudavadi and said the only person they recognise is TNA's Uhuru. They said they will not accept anyone except Uhuru.

"The MPs are ruining the coalition by their careless statement," said GCA's organising secretary Paul Kinyanjui yesterday in Eldoret town. "They are confirming the stereotype that Kikuyus can never voter for any other person for president other than their own."

Kinyanjui said if the community wants to live peacefully with the rest of Kenyans, "they must let go". He said Kikuyus should support Mudavadi if he beats Uhuru during the coalition's nomination on Tuesday.

Kinyanjui warned the MPs that not all the Kikuyus live in their ancestral home of Central Province. He said many Kikuyus live outside Central and need to live peacefully with the other Kenyans.

"It's is a fact that President Kibaki would not have won the 2002 and 2007 elections without the support of Wamalwa Kijana and the Luhya community," said Kinyanjui. "Why are we being so selfish now?"

He urged the MPs not to tribalise the alliance which is a national outfit. Kinyanjui said the coalition has no room for a tribal agenda. He asked the MPs to retract their statement and apologise.

"They have painted the community in bad light, because their statement made Kenyans think we are tribal and that is not true," said Kinyanjui.

The organising secretary said the association is planning to meet Uhuru, Musalia Mudavadi and William Ruto and urge them to remain united.

Musyimi's group claimed that they were not ready to accept Mudavadi because he was not marketable in Central Kenya. They threatened that they would support PM Raila Odinga if Mudavadi will be the Jubilee candidate.

Kinyanjui also faulted the MPs for claiming that State House was involved in pushing Uhuru to step down for Mudavadi in the presidential race.

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