December 18th 2017

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Kikuyu elders urged to speak with ‘one voice’ ahead of 2017 elections

“We need to put our house in order before seeking to unite with others, we need to have proper structures to approach our issues,” he said, while announcing the programme for an upcoming meeting of the elders’ groups.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 18 Aug 2016 16:21 EAT

With a record of bloc voting unmatched by any other community, the undisputed leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta among the region’s elite and his political party TNA’s evisceration of small rivals that were once preponderant in Central Kenya, one would be forgiven to imagine that the Kikuyu community is already too united politically.

However, that’s not how some of the most influential voices within the community look at their situation, if an effort to unite various associations representing the community’s elders is anything to go by.

The Kikuyu Council of Elders is spearheading a campaign to bring all the various groups that currently speak for Kikuyu community elders under one roof in readiness for the upcoming elections in 2017.

The Council’s organizing secretary, James Ng’ang’a Nene, told reporters at a press conference in Nakuru that the Kikuyu community needs to speak with “one voice”, and the key to achieving that goal was through bringing its elders together first.

“We need to put our house in order before seeking to unite with others, we need to have proper structures to approach our issues,” he said, while announcing the programme for an upcoming meeting of the elders’ groups.

Dozens of elders who have been operating under the aegis of such outfits like Mount Kenya Council of Elders, Kiama Kia Ma, Gikuyu, Embu and Meru Association (GEMA), Gikuyu Council of Elders, Rift Valley Council of Elders and Kikuyu Council of Elders will meet this weekend in Nakuru to find common ground.

The meeting, to be held at Kunste Hotel this Saturday, is expected to end in the formation of one umbrella organization for all Kikuyu elders.

The organizing secretary said the merger of the elders’ groups will help the rest of  the community to unite ahead of the 2017 general elections, and subsequently make it possible for them to enter into alliances with other tribes.

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