A group of elders from Gema have distanced themselves from reports that members of the Agikuyu community have endorsed former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as their presidential candidate come 2022.
Instead, the elders termed a team of Kikuyu Elders who visited Odinga at his rural home in Bondo as conmen and selfish fraudsters.
They said that the team was not a representation of the Kikuyu community as they had not conducted consultations or even sought the wisdom of the legit council.
Led by Kikuyu Council of Elders Captain (Rtd) Kung’u Muigai who is also a member of the Kenyatta family, the elders said President Uhuru Kenyatta had not sent anybody to Bondo and that their sentiments were personally-driven.
Speaking during the requiem mass for the slain youths who died during political skirmishes two weeks ago, Muigai said that the legit elders do not involve themselves in politics and were behind President Uhuru Kenyatta’s bid to transform the country.
He at the same time said they were against early politicking by a section of leaders calling on them to concentrate on developments and changing the livelihood of the citizenry.
On his side, former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo said it has become hard to distinguish between genuine and fake elders but lauded the council for clearing the air.
He said that Kenneth and his team were on a mission to pursue personal interests and not the community’s calling them off.
On his part, Josephat Kirinya, the secretary general to Njuri-Ncheke in Meru county said that Meru residents are stakeholders in the Gema community.
He said that residents from the area have supported Kikuyu people since independence and should now support their bid for higher offices and seek their ideas as they walk a new political path.