Leaders aspiring for elective positions in 2022 in Kirinyaga County will now be vetted by the local Council of Elders.
Council Chairman Bishop Dr. Cyrus Githaka said they will adopt the system that has proved to be a success in Wajir and Mandera Counties where elders decide who runs for what position.
Bishop Githaka said he has been mandated by the council to send a clear and early signal to all the aspirants that they will be subjected thorough vetting to ensure those who meet the set standards are the only ones allowed to contest.
Speaking at Riagitugu shrine near Kagio town when the council admitted former State House Comptroller Matere Keriri as its Elder in Chief and first Trustee, Githaka said the move should not be seen as an avenue to block aspirants as it aims to give the county the best leaders.
“I know some aspirants will not take this measure positively but time has come for us as Elders to ensure our people are led by men and women of honor,” he added.
Also admitted to the high hierarchy of the council was former Gichugu MP Dr. Bernard Kathanga who was named the second Trustee.
Keriri said he is disappointed at how petty politics have affected service delivery in Kirinyaga County urging leaders to put their difference aside and work for the common good.
He said the initiative to join the council was a sign that he stands for a united county devoid of hatred and divisive politics where everyone respects the other.
During the event former Mwea MP Peter Gitau, his former Ndia counterpart Peter Ngari and former CEC for land Harry Mugo were enlisted as Council patrons