Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has advised the Gikuyu, Embu, Meru Association (GEMA) to ignore intimidation and continue with their regular meetings.
The CS was speaking during the annual Akorino conference at the Kasarani Stadium, where the Deputy President William Ruto was set to attend but pulled out.
Kagwe was accompanied by Mathioya MP Peter Kimari and his Ruiru counterpart Peter Kingara, former Tharaka Nithi Governor Samuel Mbae, Education Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Zack Kinuthia, and Lands PS Nicholas Muraguri.
The Health CS called on the Mount Kenya leaders to unite in order to have a united voice, adding that they would not be intimidated into thinking that their meetings are tribal.
He added that the leaders from the region fought the freedom from the colonialists and cannot allow themselves to be beaten into submission with politics of fear.
The CS also pointed out that similar political meetings are held across the country, with some hosting up to 200 people raising eyebrows.
Kagwe’s utterances come after leaders from the region met at Kirinyaga Senator Charles Kibiru’s residence in Thika on Friday, September 18.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, who also attended the conference, dismissed the rumors that leaders from Mt Kenya held a night meeting at Thika Greens to discuss succession politics in the region exclusively.
The Akorino Secretary-General Abraham Macharia confirmed that the Deputy President postponed plans to attend the meeting.
According to Macharia, the DP’s meeting had been postponed to some other day this year.
Instead, DP Ruto attended the installation service at AIC Nairobi area Bishop Rev. Joshua Nzau Kimuyu at Africa Inland Church Ziwani, Nairobi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was also rumored to have been planning to attend the conference but instead sent CS Kagwe to deliver his speech to the congregation.