The Mount Kenya Foundation has endorsed ODM leader Raila Odinga for President.
The Foundation leaders say Odinga has proven that he has what it takes to unite Kenyans and steer the country towards the right economic trajectory.
The announcement by the foundation is seen as a cherry on top of Odinga’s long-standing Presidential ambitions.
The group appears to read from the same script with President Kenyatta who has made it clear that he favours Odinga as his successor as opposed to his Deputy William Ruto whom they fell out two years ago.
Ruto is campaigning under his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party and has told off the Mt Kenya tycoons for “planning to endorse a candidate for Kenyans.”
While Odinga and One Kenya Alliance (OKA) leaders Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Gideon Moi (KANU) and Moses Wetangula (FORD Kenya) were invited to a meeting by the tycoons, Ruto vowed he won’t attend ‘hotel interviews.’
The announcement by the Mt Kenya tycoons comes a day before Odinga unveils his Azimio la Umoja Convention at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani where he will also declare formally that he is running for the presidency.
The elite group made up of influential tycoons from the region promised to attend the Azimio la Umoja event in which Raila is expected to unveil his Presidential bid.