Details have emerged of a heated meeting at DP Ruto’s Karen home that saw Moses Kuria cede ground and reach a deal with DP Ruto and his UDA team.
The meeting saw DP Ruto broker a truce that was threatening to tear UDA and the hustler movement apart after both UDA and Moses Kuria’s People’s Empowerment Party unveiled candidates for the Kiambaa by election.
The Gatundu South MP’s new outfit is currently buoyed by two successive wins, with the latest being the Juja MP seat- a premium win after its candidate George Koimburi whitewashed the ruling Jubilee Party by a margin of over 7,000 votes. Susan Waititu garnered 5,746 votes against Koimburi’s 12159.
Present last night in the meeting were Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), George Koimburi (Juja MP-elect), Kipchumba Murkomen (Senator Elgeyo Marakwet) and Irungu Kangata (Senator Muranga).
According to reports from the DP’s camp, last night’s five-hour meeting at William Ruto’s official residence in Karen sealed the Peoples Empowerment Party (PEP) fate in Kiambaa. Pro-UDA MPs from Mt Kenya accused Moses Kuria of trying to hang on the Hustler Nation wave to build his new party.
The Mathira MP was categorical it was only UDA with the exclusive right to sell William Ruto’s agenda in Mt Kenya and any other outfits fielding seats against their party in Mt Kenya are seen as opponents.
On his part, Moses Kuria accused the Rigathi-Ichungwa duo of being unhappy with his rising political fortunes. The Gatundu South legislator told the DP People’s Empowerment Party’s current successes in Mt Kenya are products of days of hard work and sleepless nights, not the Hustler Nation wave in Mt. Kenya.
”We wanted to present this message for approval by the people of Kiambaa Constituency on the 15th July. However this did not go down very well with my colleagues particularly Rigathi Gachagua and Kimani Ichungwa. Yesterday I held extensive discussions with my boss and friend H.E Dr William Ruto on this matter. ”To make my two colleagues happy and above all for the unity of the Hustler Nation, PEP will NOT be fielding a candidate for the Kiambaa by election,” Kuria wrote announcing the developments after the meeting that saw PEP pull out of the race.