Ruto's Mount Kenya Ally Go Silent, Seek Uhuru's Forgiveness
May. 21, 2020
Deputy President William Ruto brigades in the Mt. Kenya region have developed cold feet after Jubilee Party started ejecting rebel legislators from leadership positions in the parliament since Monday May 11. According to People Daily on Wednesday 20th , Tanga Tanga vocal legislators from the Mt. Kenya region are now reaching out to their fellow counterparts in the Kieleweke faction to ask for forgiveness from the President.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s move has sent shockwaves into Ruto’s camp and many of DP’s allies making overtures to the President’s camp. Some of the DP’s foot soldiers in the region have faded from the public arena, with some fearing that they may end up losing their seats come 2022.
Photo:Ruto with Kiunjuri
Kieni MP Kanini Kega while Speaking to media on Tuesday, May 19, said that some of his counterparts from the DP’s camp have been approaching him for accommodation after Uhuru started axing some.
“The moderate ones we have welcomed them back. The extremists are still out there and today out of 75 MPs in the region, 62 are behind the President. What are these numbers they keep talking about?” posed Kega.
Another Kieleweke MP Ngunjiri Wambugu also told the daily publication that Mt Kenya MPs, who have been campaigning for DP Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions, are now very scared and some have been approaching him seeking forgiveness and shift their loyalty.
“Some have confessed that they blindly followed the DP after being misled by a few Tanga Tanga diehards that Ruto and Uhuru were working together and that is why the numbers appeared big. But from what is happening, they have realized they were fighting the wrong battle. I have actually been talking to my colleagues on their behalf so that they can be pardoned,” said the MP, a fierce critic of the DP.
Among Ruto’s allies who have gone silent include Former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, who had projected himself as the face of the rebellion in Uhuru’s backyard. Kiunjuri who was also a possible Ruto running mate come 2022 is nowhere to be seen despite his promise to Ruto’s camp. Others who have gone silent include; Laikipia Woman Rep Cate Waruguru, Faith Gitau of Nyandarua, and Nyeri’s Rahab Mukami.
Ejections in the Jubilee party continue with several members in the senate having received ejection notice. The senate deputy speaker Kithure Kindiki is expected to Know his fate on Friday 22nd May when his ejection motion will be debated.
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