A section of leaders from Murang'a has defended President Uhuru Kenyatta over allegations of neglecting the Mt Kenya region.

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Led by Murang'a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, the leaders argued that the development debate has been brought about by Uhuru's statement that his 2022 pick will shock many.

They said the remarks seem to have irked Deputy President William Ruto's allies in the region, after realising Uhuru's support for the DP's 2022 bid is not automatic.

Speaking during a press conference at Golden Palm Hotel on Friday, they accused the DP allies of creating a narrative that Central Kenya was underdeveloped with the aim of tainting the President's name.

Mathioya MP Peter Kimari noted that Uhuru will remain the Mt Kenya kingpin, adding that they will rally behind whoever will be endorsed by Uhuru in 2022.

"We know that some quarters are plotting to dilute the kingship of the President in Mt Kenya region but let them be reminded that the region will remain under him even after the expiry of his term," said Kimari, as quoted by the Nation.

On his part, Wa Iria urged elected leaders to stop their attacks on the President and instead give him and his deputy time to deliver development to Kenyans.

"The presidency must be respected as it is a symbol of national unity. The two worked hard in their first term and therefore they should be given time to deliver in their second term. Politicians should also stop the political pressure they are creating in the country," said the county boss.

He further urged Mt Kenya leaders to stop creating animosity between residents and President Uhuru by claiming the 'washenzi' remark was directed at Mt Kenya voters.

"Leaders in the world use such statements but some Mt Kenya leaders are misinterpreting it, which can cause political instability in the region," he added.

The debate was brought about by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria following his New Year's Eve remarks suggesting that the President had neglected the Mt Kenya region in terms of development.