June 18, 2024

Peter Kenneth dismisses Limuru III, invites Uhuru and Gachagua for unity talks

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Peter Kenneth dismisses Limuru III, invites Uhuru and Gachagua for unity talks

Peter Kenneth says there's no Mt Kenya unity talks without Uhuru and Gachagua as he dismisses the Limuru III conference

Peter Kenneth says there’s no Mt Kenya unity talks without Uhuru and Gachagua as he dismisses the Limuru III conference.

Former presidential candidate Peter Kenneth has dismissed the Limuru III conference as a mischievous political venture.

Speaking in an interview with Daily Nation, Peter Kenneth admitted he is in talks with Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and former President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Asked if he would attend the Limuru III conference, he said “absolutely not”.

“The conference is a mischievous event that has not been convened in an open, all-inclusive manner. It does not meet the threshold of honesty. You cannot speak of uniting Mt Kenya by alienating others,” he said.

He added that, “there is no Mt Kenya unity talks that can go on without the attendance of former President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua. It is in those two’s differences that we are not united.”

Meanwhile, the planned Limuru III conference organised by Azimio leaders in the Mt Kenya region has triggered confusion and sharp divisions in the Kenya Kwanza administration and fuelled political tension in the restive region.

The agenda of the meeting includes pushing for the one-man one-vote one-shilling revenue allocation formula and crafting a framework to push the President William Ruto-led administration to lower taxes, among others.

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The reasoning behind the naming of Limuru III was that in the past, two other meetings have been held in Limuru and major political announcements were made by Jomo Kenyatta and Uhuru Kenyatta in 1966 and March 2012.

The Limuru I conference, which was held on March 12 and 13 with the blessings of Kenyatta, was meant to neutralize Vice President Oginga Odinga, whose position in Kanu was split to create eight slots. In effect, a brand-new Kanu vice chairman, Lawrence Sagini, was minted to replaced Oginga in Nyanza Province, Daniel Moi was to represent Rift Valley, Ronald Ngala (Coast), Jeremiah Nyagah (Eastern), Mwai Kibaki (Nairobi) and James Gichuru (Central).

At the Limuru II conference, Uhuru was handed the leadership mantle of the Mt Kenya region.

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