Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday abruptly suspended his four-day Mt Kenya visit alleged to have faced strong anti-BBI in the region.

Uhuru arrived at Sagana State Lodge in Nyeri county on Friday and held back-to-back meetings with leaders from the region.

The President tear into Deputy President William Ruto's hustler narrative as he marked his foot as the region's political kingpin.

He was on Monday listed to meet women groups, inspect government projects and speak in a series of roadside rallies.

However, all was halted at the last minute.

State House spokesperson Kanze Dena morning announced that the appointments had been suspended and that the President will tour the region again next week or so.

“Consultative meetings between His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, the clergy and women leaders from Central Kenya scheduled for today, Monday, February 1, 2021, at Sagana State Lodge has been postponed to next week due to unavoidable circumstances,” Kanze said in a press statement.

 “The new date and venue of the rescheduled meetings will be communicated in due course,” she stated.

Reasons behind the suspension were not clearly stated. However, it is said that the President met opposition in the region.

However, Ruto allies have laughed off the President's efforts to sell the BBI agenda in the region.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria termed the meeting as “a come-together of usual people who are supporters of the BBI.”

Kuria added that there are relevant issues the President should have sought to address but he instead chooses to talk about sideshows.

“I looked around, and I noticed that a huge number of the 3,000 people were the usual ones who attended the Bomas I and Bomas II meetings,” Kuria said.

The MP said if indeed the organisers wanted to have an impact with the meeting, they should have “invited the not converted people”.

“It was a therapy session. They were speaking to themselves,” he said.

Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua said, “the people of Mt Kenya will only listen to the campaigners of the BBI referendum if and when they have money in their pockets”.

“The President and his team came to campaign for BBI, something that is set to overburden taxpayers. The people of Mt Kenya have suffered economically under Uhuru regime with our businesses being destroyed under his watch,” Gachagua said..

“The saddest part of it all is that any entrepreneur who is trying to progress is seen as a competitor and a threat to some businessmen who have captured the economy of this country.”

“We have heard the President talking of the chaos that erupted at Githurai and Burma last week and he appears to be celebrating and encouraging the youth to opt for chaos. That is very wrong and we want people to sell their agenda without being intimidated. State instigated violence is primitive,” Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro said.

Former Mukurweini MP Kabando Wa Kabando said the meeting did not address the economic welfare of residents.

He added that the quest to amend the 2010 Constitution through the BBI referendum is a fraud and contains a hidden agenda.

“We are acquitted. Sagana III was all about BBI nonsense and 2022 political lies and shenanigans and not about the economic welfare of area residents. Fortunately, our people won’t board. I don’t support Ruto but on BBI we are soulmates. It is no all the way,” Kabando tweeted.

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