An independent soldier is rising in the Mount Kenya region, ready to take on the already defined Uhuru succession race.
Jeremiah John Mwaniki Nyaga, 44, has declared his candidacy for president as an independent, promising to finish what his father began.
He is the son to Joseph Nyaga, a former Cabinet Minister in the Kibaki regime.
He’s an alumnus of St. Mary’s School in Nairobi, and a graduate of Social and Political Science from Cambridge University in the UK.
He is widely experienced in the Advertising and Media industry where he commands mastery of journalists’ rights and freedom.
Jeremiah Nyaga is also a businessman and a consultant in chicken farming in Kenya.
He stated that his main goal would be to fight corruption, claiming that he has never worked for the government or been involved in any corrupt dealings.
He also stated that the leaders of Mount Kenya were perplexed and that they should stop honoring other leaders because they were betraying their own.
“Kenya is a democratic state that guarantees any Kenyan from any community to vie for the top seat. I, therefore, don’t subscribe to the notion that some communities should be locked out of the race because they have been in leadership. That is setting a bad precedence and subjecting our democracy in jeopardy,” he said.
Mwaniki announced his intention to run as an independent candidate to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kutus, Kirinyaga County.
His team has in recent days filed an application seeking to ease rules that bar independent candidates from forming coalitions.
The move has been greatly attributed to a brewing plan to stage a third coalition for the presidential elections.