Inside DP Ruto’s meeting with Mt. Kenya MPs amid ultimatums ahead of 2022

Deputy President William Ruto has been met with a hard choice to make ahead of his 2022 Presidential bid in order to consolidate support from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s home turf Mt. Kenya as allies table their irreducible minimums.

This is after the DP was given ultimatums for their support in 2022 one being to reserve the position of his Deputy to someone who comes from the region.

Reports from his recent meeting with a section of the MPs indicate that the legislators from the region are already lining up themselves for the position.

“Some of the front runners include former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria,” the source intimated, adding that a fierce fight is likely to erupt between Kiunjuri and Gachagua.

Details of the meeting say it was held at Rigathi Gachagua’s Karen residence with former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri reportedly absent since he is not an elected leader.

His influence and prowess however interested the attendance with Laikipia Senator John Kinyua vouching for him to duputize Dr. Ruto, citing his years of experience in the government and his financial might. 

“Our position remains the same, Kiunjuri is our man to deputize Ruto and he has our blessings to reach out to other regions for support,” said Kinyua.

Kiunjuri on the contrary faces opposition as an outsider since hailing from Laikipia which is seen as part of the great rift valley, together with his party The Service Party that is seen as a hindrance.

“Kiunjuri is also regarded as an outsider because the perception is that Laikipia is in Rift Valley,” he added.

Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua was also fronted as the next potential running mate, credit to his experience as a former provincial administrator plus the understanding of the government operations.

Rigathi however compromised for being a first time parliamenterian hence difficult to penetrate the rest of the Country.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria was the next option being a good crowd puller, an aggressive politician, and is popular in not just the mountain region but the whole country.       

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