Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday, September 20, encouraged the Gikuyu, Embu, Meru Association (GEMA) to ignore intimidation and continue with their regular meetings.
Kagwe was speaking as he attended the annual Akorino conference at the Kasarani Stadium, where Deputy President William Ruto was expected to attend but pulled out.
The Health CS was joined by Mathioya MP Peter Kimari, Ruiru MP Peter King'ara, former Tharaka Nithi Governor Samuel Mbae, Education Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Zack Kinuthia and Lands PS Nicholas Muraguri.Murang'a Woman Rep Sabina Chege (left) and Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe (right) speaking during an annual Akorino conference on Sunday 20 September 2020 at Kasarani, Nairobi.
"We as Mount Kenya leaders should unite in order to have a united voice, and if I ask Gema leaders to continue meeting, will that be politics? We will not be intimidated into thinking that our meetings are tribal.
"You fought for the freedom from the colonialists, do not allow yourselves to be beaten into submission with politics of fear," he noted.
Kagwe also added that similar political meetings are held all over the country with some hosting up to 200 people without raising eyebrows.
This comes after leaders from the region met at Kirinyaga Senator Charles Kibiru’s home in Thika on Friday, September 18.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria who was in attendance dispelled rumours that leaders from Mt Kenya held a night meeting at Thika Greens to exclusively discuss succession politics in the region.
The Akorino Secretary-General Abraham Macharia, on Saturday, confirmed that DP Ruto postponed plans to attend the event.
"The Deputy President's meeting has been rescheduled to some other day this year. He had requested to meet us. Today, we will have 500 of our clergy pray for the President in our Akorino National Prayer Service," he revealed.
Ruto instead attended the installation service of A.I.C Nairobi area Bishop Rev. Joshua Nzau Kimuyu at Africa Inland Church, Ziwani, Nairobi
President Uhuru Kenyatta was rumoured to have been planning to attend the event but instead, sent Kagwe to deliver his speech to the congregation.Leaders standing on the pulpit at the Akorino annual conference at Kasarani, Nairobi on Sunday 20 September 2020.
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