Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has hit out at President Uhuru for failing to groom future Mt Kenya leaders.
Through Facebook, Kuria accused the president of turning a blind eye to future political leadership of the Mt. Kenya region.
The outspoken MP cited the sacking of former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, who was once touted as Uhuru’s successor in the region.
“One of the only two Cabinet Ministers Uhuru Kenyatta had the guts to fire throughout his 10 years in power, the self-made Kiunjuri is back to the Laikipia ashes where he rose from,” Kuria writes.
Kuria says the Mt. Kenya region has become an altar where political careers are sacrificed, arguing that several politicians have seen their careers come to an end prematurely. He gives Kiunjuri, former MP Gitobu Imanyara, Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua and Senior Counsel Paul Muite as some of the examples.
“Gitobu Imanyara has been in and out of hospital bed out of complications arising from Nyayo torture Chambers,” Kuria said.
He adds: “Martha Karua is struggling to raise her head in a crowded crowd. Paul Muite's political career withered like a failed crop before harvest.”
Kuria compared Uhuru’s leadership to that of ODM leader Raila Odinga, saying the latter has never allowed his political lieutenants to fade into oblivion.
“Anyang Nyong’o and James Orengo are still going strong even when Raila Odinga had all the powers he needed to vanquish them into smithereens. They now co-exist in leadership alongside youthful leaders like John Mbadi and Edwin Sifuna,” Kuria says.
Kuria argues that other than Jomo Kenyatta, the only other Mt. Kenya leader who let leaders grow was retired president Mwai Kibaki.
“He [Kibaki] prepared Uhuru Kenyatta for leadership first by appointing him Deputy Prime Minister then Minister for Finance in quick succession,” Kuria states.