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Mt Kenya tycoons, OKA principals meeting postponed

By Josphat Thiong'o | October 1st 2021
One Kenya Alliance Leaders Hon Kalonzo Musyoka, Hon. Musalia Mudavadi, Sen. Gideon Moi and Sen Moses Wetangula during the coalition's retreat at Great Rift Valley Resort . [Dennis Kavisu, Standard]

A meeting between the Mount Kenya Foundation and One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals planned for today has been postponed to next week.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kanu chairman Gideon Moi and Moses Wetang'ula of Ford Kenya were scheduled to meet business tycoons from Mt Kenya to chart the region’s economic future.

The engagement will now take place on October 7, according to a statement by Foundation Director of Communications Joe Murimi.

On Tuesday the group hosted ODM leader Raila Odinga at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi. 

MKF is an exclusive club of billionaires who have in the past influenced elections.

There is speculation that President Uhuru Kenyatta is managing his succession after he met OKA principals, who, except Mr Wetang'ula, have declared interest in the presidency.

Equity Bank former chairman Peter Munga, former Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner General Michael Waweru and former Kenya Airports Authority chairman George Muhoho are some of the big shots in the group.

Former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, also a member of the MKF board, acts as the link between politicians and the group.

“We wanted to hear what plans Raila has for Mt Kenya. You know we were very instrumental in Kibaki and Uhuru’s presidency and we are taking keen interest on individuals seeking to succeed Uhuru,” said Waweru.

Raila attended the meeting after a tour of Mt Kenya where he met governors Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia), Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru), James Nyoro (Kiambu) and Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua).

“We discussed expanding local economic opportunities through the creation of sustainable institutional approach. The growth of the economy must be supported by sound institutional support and not tokenism,” said Kimemia, the Central Kenya Economic Bloc chairman. 

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