Barely months after the controversial 2017 elections, debate over 2022 politics have already steamed up ,with one man being at the center of it all-Deputy President William Samoei Arap Ruto.
Although prior to the 2017 elections, it appeared almost certain that the Jubilee party would rally behind Mr Ruto, that seems to have changed pretty quickly.The DP now wobbles in uncharted waters.
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Several politicians from Mt Kenya region, President Kenyatta’s home turf, have being changing the narrative.
According to The Sunday Standard,there also seem to be emerging discord among Rift Valley legislators ,with some already feeling shortchanged.
The DP ,in a bid to quell the developing anxiety, convened an impromptu meeting with Rift Valley MPs on Thursday .
The meeting, held at his Karen home,was attended by 20 MPs from the region and ended at around 3pm.
Immediately after the meeting, Ruto is said to have held another night meeting with the MPs at Nairobi hotel which run up to midnight.
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Sources confided to Standard that the meeting turned into a shouting match which at some point, an MP from Uasin Gishu County was involved in an ugly verbal exchange with the DP.
Also, a visibly vexed Ruto shut down Moiben MP Silas Tiren who had accused him of blackmail over parliament leadership.
“The DP had asked Tiren to resign from the parliamentary Agriculture Committee. But Tiren vowed not to resign saying he was an elected leader and dared Ruto to take him on politically,” reveled one of the MP who sought anonymity.
Mr Kangogo confirmed that indeed the meeting was heated.
“It is very unfair parliament must remain independent always,” Nandi Hills MP told the standard over what transpired in the meeting.
Sources said the Rift Valley MPs had resolved to raise issues with the ongoing ‘change of tune’ of the Mt Kenya region but the environment did not allow.
“We wanted to solve inhouse issues first before talking about our brothers from Mt Kenya. This however went from bad to worse,” an MP said.
On Saturday, while attending a burial in Kiambu, Mr Ruto warned jubilee lawmakers against ‘rushing to issues’. He was, apparently, referring to the ongoing 2022 debate.
Speakers at the function guaranteed him of the region’s support and urged him to ignore the ‘few voices’ saying otherwise.
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