Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has taken a swipe at President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto for holding several meetings with leaders at State House and Karen respectively.

The sentiments by Mutua come at the back of President Kenyatta's meeting with ODM Leader Raila Odinga and One Kenya Alliance principals at State House Nairobi on August 18, 2021.

DP Ruto also met 600 aspiring United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Nairobi politicians at his Karen residence yesterday.

Mutua, while appearing on Citizen TV's Daybreak on August 19, stated that votes are not at the two state residences but with the people.

He criticised the Head of State for actively involving himself in his succession, stating that the country needs new leaders.

"Votes are neither in State House nor Karen, ziko kwa wananchi. The president should not be chairing coalition meetings in State House. It is time for young, energetic to transform this country, we have to save this country from itself," Mutua stated.

The Machakos Governor criticised the formation of coalitions for the sake of clinching of power.

"Coalitions cannot just be for power, the only party formed out of ideology is Maendelo chap chap, we will not just run into a coalition for the sake of it, we are doing our work quietly," Mutua stated.

Nandi County Senator Samson Cherargei urged President Kenyatta to distance himself from his succession and let aspiring leaders tussle it out.

"Kenyatta should leave succession politics to run its full & natural course; him micro-managing is giving unfair advantage to other candidates. They are trying to use BBI outcome to negotiate, handshake was not about unity but sharing power.

" If the president appreciates that this is a democratic country, then he has no business asking others to step down for certain candidates, this can lead to rigging. Pres. Uhuru should ensure a peaceful electoral process," Senator Cherargei stated.