A recent meeting between Deputy President William Ruto and economist David Ndii has caused jitters among a section of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s camp.
Ruto met Ndii alongside other Tanga Tanga politicians at a three-day retreat at Maasai Mara.
The meeting has reportedly sparked protests from the President’s camp amid concerns that Ruto is now running away from the economic mess he has participated in creating as the second in command as is now presenting himself as the Mesiah to free Kenyans from the same mess.
David Ndii is part of a team tasked with coming up with the Hustlers’ economic agenda and a blue-print that will form the backbone of DP Ruto’s 2022 campaigns.
Also in the team is former Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) governor Prof Njuguna Ndungu.
Ndii has been a leading critic of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration especially on the handling of the Covid-19 crisis.
Ndii has constantly accused the President of focusing on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rather than reconstructing the economy.
“My understanding is that Ruto wants to challenge the politics of ethnic mobilisation such as the ethnic kingpin model proposed in BBI with politics of the economy hence his reaching out to economic and other policy experts,” Ndii stated on April 27.
Ruto appears to have focused his attention on the Mount Kenya region where pressure is mounting on him to unveil his 2022 line-up with the region keen on having one of their own nominated as Ruto’s running mate lest they abandon his quest for the Presidency.
“We want to do a two-part negotiation, economic revival and then political interest. Who fits in to push implementation of that economic revival agenda,” Kimani Ichungwa, Kikuyu MP disclosed.