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Raila’s deal with Uhuru suffers a major Hitch

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reunion with National Super Alliance(NASA) leader Raila Odinga has stumbled upon a major hurdle after a section if Jubilee leaders issued tough conditions to its implementation.

The Uhuru-Raila unity pact is causing jitters in DP William Ruto’s camp amid fears that it could jeopardise his chances and scuttle Jubilee’s 2022 succession plans.

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Despite public pronouncements of support, inside sources say Ruto’s allies are wary of the radical pact’s impact on the DP’s political future and have adopted a wait-and-see stance.

According to The Star, Ruto’s allies are quietly plotting to flatly reject any proposal to create more positions to accommodate Raila in government if that would dim Ruto’s star.

Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki ,DP RUto’s potential 2022 running mate,lifted the lid on the growing resentment among Ruto’s political associates, saying the union could deal Jubilee the death knell.

“Jubilee should be cautious so that Raila does not mess it up ahead of 2022,” Kindiki said on Sunday during a service at the Word of Faith Church in Mukothima, Tharaka.

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Another DP Ruto’s hardliner,Kieni MP Kanini Kega, reiterated Kindiki’s sentiments by stating that they would not accept any amendments to the Constitution aimed at creating more positions.

I know before 2022 we will be working on our Constitution. But that is not on the cards for now. Nobody should think that we are going to create positions for an individual.”

Our thinking is that anybody who joins Jubilee is a plus. Jubilee has a plan to pass the baton to Ruto. That plan will not be altered midstream. Ruto will definitely take the baton from Uhuru as has been the plan,” Kega told a local daily.

Mr Kenga said any amendments to the Constitution must be focused and done for posterity and not for a short-term political agenda.

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Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny warned DP Ruto against the deal lightly, saying he has the difficult task of managing the consequences of Uhuru’s reunion with the former Prime Minister.


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