Political supremacy battles in the Mt Kenya region have escalated between Deputy President (DP) Rigathi Gachagua and Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro. The ongoing tussle is evident in their efforts to control the region’s political landscape through their respective allies.
On Thursday, the conflict reached a peak when over 15 United Democratic Alliance (UDA) lawmakers endorsed Ndindi Nyoro as a potential successor to President William Ruto in the 2032 presidential elections. This move by UDA MPs from Mt Kenya signifies Nyoro’s readiness to challenge Gachagua’s aspirations to be the region’s kingpin and position himself for a future presidential candidacy.
The endorsement took place during an event at Mumbi grounds, where Ndindi Nyoro was hailed for having a promising future to succeed President Ruto. The UDA leaders, including prominent figures like Murang’a Senator Joe Nyutu and various MPs, expressed their support for Nyoro’s political ambitions.
The power struggle between the two leaders has exposed a potential rebellion against Gachagua, who is also dealing with internal challenges arising from former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga’s claim to regional kingship. Gachagua, as the Deputy President, believes his position automatically qualifies him to succeed President Ruto as the region’s political leader.
Senator Nyutu emphasized that positions alone do not guarantee direct endorsement, highlighting the importance of leadership qualities such as measured speech and bridge-building. Nyutu expressed his preference for Nyoro, citing the need for a unifying leader in contrast to what he termed as a condescending approach by others.
The endorsement event saw several UDA MPs and leaders rally behind Ndindi Nyoro, signaling a growing divide within Mt Kenya politics. While Gachagua’s allies downplayed the situation as normal political discourse, Nyoro’s endorsement for the 2032 presidency added momentum to the ongoing power dynamics.