By Standard Reporter
The Meru council of elders, Njuri Ncheke, has told Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi that they will look at him favourably in the next presidential elections.
The council’s National Secretary Pharis Ruteere, who led over 170 elders in blessing Mudavadi, said the elders will make their decision at the right time but are convinced he is the best bet among those in the scene.
“We have seen you, heard about you and today we have invited you to talk to the elders. However, the coming of rain is revealed by dark clouds (dalili ya mvua ni mawingu) and in you lies the hope of Kenyans,” said Ruteere.
They were speaking in Meru where they hosted Mudavadi and other UDF leaders.
The elders carried out traditional rites only bestowed on former President Daniel Moi and President Kibaki, and christened Mudavadi M’Mukiri (a man of peace).
Speaking after the ritual, Mudavadi urged elders to take an active role in fostering unity among Kenyans ahead of the forthcoming General Election to ensure a smooth transition.
Mudavadi said elders ought to offer guidance to their communities to choose the right leaders. He told the elders that he was a listening and sober leader who offered himself for the service to the people of Kenya.
“We know how Njuri Ncheke is resolute; when you have made a decision, you are decisive. Today you have made that decision and given me an opportunity. I promise to offer leadership that befits my new name M’Mukiri, that is my contract with Meru people,” he said.
The DPM said forging unity between different leaders seeking elective posts is not meant to deny anybody leadership position.
“We are not coming together to deny somebody a leadership position. This is a competition and everyone is doing some arithmetic on how to emerge a winner. Let us as Kenyans unite to elect the next president in the first round and I am offering myself to lead the team,” he added.