The repercussions of the Limuru III Convention organized by the proponents of the One Kenya Alliance from the Mount Kenya region, who lamented that the Kenya First government led by Deputy President William Ruto neglects the interests of the region, are now beginning to manifest through pressure on Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.

Some proponents even suggest that Mr. Gachagua should resign from the government.

During the Friday convention, some leaders claimed that government workers from Mount Kenya were increasingly being sacked, ministers and ministry secretaries from Mount Kenya were being rendered powerless after being placed under surveillance by Dr. Ruto’s camp to stifle their support for Mount Kenya and to receive allocations disproportionate to their numbers on the mountain.

Some Mount Kenya politicians have blamed Mr. Gachagua for bringing the region into William Ruto’s government without a party or coalition agreement, thereby giving the Ruto-aligned government an edge in undermining the Mount.

“Gachagua is to blame for betraying the entire community that poured over 85% of their votes into Ruto’s basket and contributed 47% to his victory, but now we remain victims, crying foul over oppressive taxes,” said Mr. George Maara, who vied for the Kiambu County Senate seat but was defeated by the incumbent, Mr. Karungo wa Thang’wa.

On Saturday, the Jubilee Party chairman in Kirinyaga County, Mr. Muriithi Kang’ara, told Taifa Jumapili that “all the problems in the Mount Kenya region were caused by Gachagua.”

“If it were the One Kenya Alliance—which former President Uhuru Kenyatta had recommended to us with Raila Odinga as the presidential candidate—that had won, then we wouldn’t be in this situation because we had the Jubilee Party, which was ours, and a coalition agreement had been reached,” said Mr. Kang’ara.

Speaking in Murang’a on February 12, 2024, Mr. Gachagua said, “We entered into a partnership with Dr. Ruto even without any written agreement because he is a gentleman and fair.”

“We trusted President Ruto as he is and has good intentions towards us… we did not make any mistakes and even in 2027, we will fully support him,” said Mr. Gachagua.

Nyeri Governor Mr. Mutahi Kahiga complained that “recently, there has been undue pressure emerging among political stakeholders in the Mount Kenya region targeting Mr. Gachagua.”

Currently, Mr. Gachagua is grappling with the defiance of some politicians from the region who want President Ruto to fire him in the 2027 elections and instead appoint Kiharu MP Mr. Ndindi Nyoro.

There is also a faction supporting Mr. Kenyatta, who organized the Limuru III Convention, and insists that Mr. Gachagua is not a representative or spokesperson for the Mount.

Nyeri Senator Mr. Wahome Wamatinga said, “We should have our own political party, then discuss our partnership agreement as Mount Kenya within the Kenya First Alliance.”

He said that those who joined the KFA with their parties and also with a coalition agreement ended up reaping the benefits while Mount Kenya was left bone dry.

“The Amani National Congress of Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya of Moses Wetang’ula, Maendeleo Chap Chap of Alfred Mutua, and PAA of Amason Kingi are prime examples,” said Mr. Wamatinga.

He said that all of them were given top government positions despite bringing in fewer votes to Ruto’s victory basket.

However, Mr. Gachagua argued that “we hold the second most powerful position in the government, we have come together in the government by more than 40%, and things are still intact.”

Former Kiambu Governor Mr. Ferdinand Waititu insisted that he was on Dr. Ruto’s campaign trail, but “I have come to realize that we were deceived by Gachagua.”

“All along as we campaigned, I thought we had a partnership agreement, and UDA party would end up with a transparent distribution of victory shares,” said Mr. Waititu.

He said that since he discovered that there was no such agreement, he has withdrawn from the party.

He said he would consult with Mr. Gachagua when he also announces his withdrawal and then declare that he will run for president in 2027 and be ready to compete with others for the ticket.

Githunguri MP Ms. Gathoni Wamuchomba said, “We will now only recognize whoever announces their presidential candidacy here in Mount Kenya.”

She said there was no need to continue feeding Mount Kenya residents to a cow that is milked by a neighbor.

Former Kiambu County Speaker Mr. Stephen Ndichu said, “I don’t see the importance of Gachagua in this government because he has no authority to help us.”

He said Mount Kenya needs a presidential candidate “and if Gachagua doesn’t want, then he can go home, and that Ruto or even if they win, they should not be ours at all.”