Kenya’s National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi will officially be the Mt. Kenya spokesman when President Uhuru Kenyatta retires in 2022.
Muturi was on Saturday coronated as the region’s kingpin in a ceremony held at the Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga shrine in Murang’a County, central Kenya, under tight security.
The traditional rites were performed in line with Kikuyu community customs at the shrine, followed by speeches.
Among the attendees were leaders of the Kikuyu Council of elders and representatives from nine counties.
Muturi’s coronation attracted criticism from a section of Mt. Kenya leaders led by Governor Anne Waiguru.
Waiguru told off speaker Muturi to reach out to voters and ask for support instead of engaging in an insignificant oath.
“While one cannot begrudge Speaker Muturi and others of their desire for some form of enthronement, without consultations and consensus, such enthronements have little meaning politically.”
“Ultimately Speaker Muturi and others seeking votes from Mt Kenya and elsewhere will have to go to the ground and seek votes from the only legitimate determinants of leadership, the people,” Waiguru on Friday.
Immediately after the ceremony, lawmaker Moses Kuria mocked Muturi through an indirect message on his Facebook page.
“I take this opportunity to congratulate my long term friend and boss Justin Bedan Njoka Muturi for being anointed to be Mt Kenya spokesman in a colourful event held at the sacred Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga and witnessed by thousands of jubilant Kikuyus as seen here,” said MP Kuria.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.