Religious and community leaders in Naivasha are now calling on the KANU chairman Gideon Moi to rally his troops behind the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta.
A week before the former ruling party makes its decision on who to support in the elections, the leaders noted that Uhuru could not win without the support of KANU in Rift Valley.
This emerged during as meeting called in Naivasha and chaired by nominated Senator Paul Njoroge Ben who recently defected to KANU.
Leaders after leader termed Moi and KANU as crucial to the re-election bid of Uhuru and called on the deputy president William Ruto to drop his harsh stance against Moi.
Addressing the press Senator Njoroge said that he would deliver the message to the KANU chairman before the party National Executive Committee (NEC) made its decision.
Njoroge said that he Moi and Uhuru had a long relationship adding that each needed the other as the country headed to the next election.
“I have heard the request of Naivasha leaders and I will surely pass the message to my party KANU and to our chairman Gideon Moi,” he said.
He was however quick to call on the DP to change his attitude towards other elected leaders terming their input as very crucial.
“We shall engage Governor Isaac Ruto who leads the Chama Cha Mashinani to reconsider his stand and also support Uhuru Kenyatta in the coming elections,” he said.
The senator who represents the disabled in the senate at the same time rallied youths to make sure that they registered as voters before the registration exercise came to an end.
On his part, the national chairman Kikuyu council of elders Kigochi Waimiri admitted that KANU could play a big role in the coming elections.
Kigochi said that they had decided to seek the support of KANU after realizing that the party was growing stronger in parts of Rift Valley.
“We have decided to send our nominated Senator to KANU Chairman Gideon Moi so that he can support the reelection of Uhuru Kenyatta come August this year,” he said.
The sentiments were echoed by women leader in Naivasha sub-county Cate Munyaka who said that every vote was crucial to any party as the elections got closer.
“As we call on our youths to register as voters, we are also calling on KANU to support Uhuru Kenyatta’s bid in the coming general elections,” she said.