Former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has lifted the lid on the sabotage and infighting that is going on within DP Ruto’s Tangatanga camp.
In an interview with Inooro TV, Kiunjuri divulged that the simmering tensions came to the fore over the weekend when DP Ruto met Tanga Tanga leaders from the expansive Mount Kenya region.
The former CS diviulged that what was meant to be a meeting bringing together DP Ruto, Mt Kenya leaders and economic experts saw Tanga Tanga politicians turn against each other.
“There are internal wrangles in UDA and recently I heard them accusing each other. Mukami (Nyeri Woman Rep) is accusing Rigathi (Mathira MP) of sidelining her in the meeting while in Nakuru, Kihika (Nakuru Senator) is in trouble for skipping the discussions,” Kiunjuri stated.
He also disclosed that he declined to fold up his The Service Party (TSP) to join DP Ruto’s UDA, stating that TSP is the back-up plan should things fall apart in UDA.
“I am a supporter of the deputy president but I cannot join UDA. I decided to form TSP so that if ever UDA goes up in flames, I will tell my Mt Kenya people that I had foreseen,” Kiunjuri stated.
He noted that the party (TSP) will accomodate politicians who find the going rough in both Jubilee and UDA.
The meeting saw DP Ruto broker a deal with 11 leaders from Mt Kenya who teamed up with experts at the event that was attended by a host of Tanga Tanga MPs, largely drawn from the vote-rich Mount Kenya region.
In a statement he released on Sunday, May 2, the DP Ruto stated that the team settled on a progressive agenda of a non-ethnic, non-regional and non-divisive political foundation laid by the Jubilee government.
He reiterated his commitment to address the economic plight of thousands of hustlers through the “bottom-up” approach.
The statement reads in part that “The most important conversation is on the empowerment of small businesses, increasing farmers’ earnings and creating an enabling environment that rewards hard work, nurtures creativity and promotes initiative for all to flourish.
“To ensure that an all-inclusive conversation takes root, we have agreed on a framework of engagement beginning at the grassroots with farmers, entrepreneurs, traders, cooperatives, other producer and business associations encompassing all the key agricultural value chains in particular tea, coffee, dairy, fresh produce, rice and miraa”. Added the statement.