Mt Kenya billionaires agree to endorse Odinga’s 2022 State House race
The elite group of billionaires from Mt. Kenya region has agreed to endorse the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga’s presidential race to the State House.
Top Mt Kenya tycoons backed Raila’s candidature even as they declared the beginning of a grand search for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successor.
The group said it was obligated to find the suitable successor of President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of the August 8 election in 2022.
Mount Kenya Foundation which forms the mountains elite group which is deputized by Titus Ibui disclosed that the President met the wealthy club members in Sagana, Nyeri county last year and sought their help in identifying an ideal person to take over in 2022.
“The President asked us to advise him on what type of person he should hand the mantle to,”
Ibui did not however indicate whether the team will be meeting DP Ruto who is also seeking to succeed Uhuru.
Ibui said the foundation will be looking for someone with the capacity to build on the foundation laid by Jubilee’s administration and who will not disturb the community’s business interests.
The endorsement comes a day after Odinga concluded his three-day tour in the region when he met with four Governors Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru), Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), James Nyoro (Kiambu) and Nderitu Mureithi (Laikipia).
The four bigwigs pledged to rally the region to support Odinga ahead of next year’s General Election.
The former premier unveiled his economic plan which he assured that his government would sponsor monthly trade promotion meetings which will bring together government officials, ministries, exporters, researchers, education institutions, and trading companies.
This will be intended to exchange ideas, goals, and to improve coordination and mutual understanding between private and public sectors.
He assured that his government would pay particular attention to the needs of small and medium enterprises in the country and help them overcome challenges in foreign markets.