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Kahiga Mutahi Urges President Ruto: Avoid Engaging Raila

Kahiga Mutahi Urges President Ruto: Avoid Engaging Raila

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga has called on President William Ruto to discontinue the national dialogue aimed at addressing issues raised by young protesters and instead prioritize the concerns of Generation Z.

At the county’s Annual Department Performance Contracts signing ceremony, Mr. Kahiga criticized the President’s approach of engaging the opposition about the young protesters’ issues, labeling it as outdated.

“Mr. President, it’s time to wake up and face reality. I have heard you, and those methods are outdated. Bringing in Mr. Raila Odinga is something Kenyans have long grown tired of—he has been involved too many times. The same goes for Kalonzo Musyoka. This is a new era, and as you know from the Bible, new wine needs new wineskins. If we are dealing with new wine, we need new wineskins,” he remarked.

Mr. Kahiga argued that discussions involving Dr. Ruto, DP Rigathi Gachagua, and various leaders from both the government and opposition, including Mr. Odinga and Mr. Musyoka, will not produce different results.

He expressed frustration that the demands of Generation Z have not been addressed, with the President merely setting up a 150-member task force for negotiations. He cautioned that continuing these talks would cause young people and Kenyans to suffer.

“As leaders, we should engage with the young people and stop labeling them with derogatory names. Instead of dismissing their demands as unreasonable, let’s explain things to them,” he urged.


At the event, attended by managing directors of the county’s five water service providers (WSP) and county government staff, Mr. Kahiga also criticized politicians for allegedly sidelining the Deputy President.

He highlighted that the exclusion of DP Rigathi by the government has only strengthened his connection with the electorate and urged President Ruto to allow the DP to fulfill his constitutional duties with the respect the office deserves.

“We ask the President to let his DP be what he was elected to be during the August 9, 2022 elections,” he stated.

He further advised the President to consult with his deputy and the cabinet to find modern and innovative solutions to the concerns raised by Kenyans.

Regarding the administration of the devolved unit, the county leader ordered departments to refrain from starting new projects before completing ongoing ones unless they are adequately funded. He also instructed department heads to sell or donate idle and unserviceable assets to generate surplus revenue.

Kahiga Mutahi Urges President Ruto: Avoid Engaging Raila