Nairobi – The Mount Kenya Foundation (MKF), made up of top businessmen from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s backyard in the central region, has now planned to meet with various communities to rally support for the Azimio La Umoja movement .
As the clock approaches the August 9 presidential election, the foundation is working to increase the odds for Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga, who heads Azimio, a coalition unveiled on December 10, 2021.
The Foundation has historically had a significant say in the presidential hopefuls the region supports in each election cycle, particularly those region-produced.
Apart from that, the financial strength of the businessmen is seen as an important tool to ensure one rises to the presidency.
“The Mount Kenya Foundation will meet with diverse communities across the country to unite the nation under the Azimio la Umoja movement. This is happening even as they rally support for the Azimio movement,” said Joseph Murimi, MKF communications director.
MKF endorsed Odinga as her preferred candidate in the August polls in December 2021 after meeting various presidential candidates including Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi and FORD Kenya’s Moses Wetangula.
Since then, the wealthy businessmen have met with two communities to seek partnerships to further Odinga’s quest to become the nation’s 5th President.
On Tuesday, MKF held a joint meeting between GEMA and the Maa communities, where the latter pledged to stand with their leaders behind Azimio la Umoja, saying the Odinga-led alliance will resolve challenges facing the pastoral community has faced for years.
“The vision of the Azimio la Umoja movement represents the Kenya we want to be in as it focuses on issues of unity and social well-being, among other things,” said Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku.
The Kajiado county chief vowed to work with Maa community leaders to ensure Odinga takes the top spot.
“The people of Maa and Gema hereby unanimously declare that we will elect Hon Odinga as the 5th President of the Republic of Kenya,” said Lenku.
Githinji Kiragu, one of the directors of MKF, insisted that only Odinga could save the nation’s fate through the Azimio la Umoja movement.
“Today, Raila, who will be the fifth, should know that the leaders of the two communities here are particularly inspired by a shared sense of a common destiny. We believe Azimio is the way forward for the prosperity of this nation,” Kiragu said.
The Mt. Kenya tycoons have previously met with leaders from the north-eastern region as part of the UPYA movement led by Finance Minister Ukur Yatani.