Deputy President William Ruto has today directed his charm offensive at Moses Kuria’s People’s Empowerment Party amid reports of a fallout in the hustler nation.
In a daring raid to expand the hustler movement, Ruto today hosted leaders from PEP at his Nairobi residence.
Conspicuously absent at the meeting was party leader Moses Kuria who has been throwing jibes at Kimani Ichungwah and Rigathi Gachagua.
Leading the delegation was Raymond Kuria who recently shelved his ambitions in the Kiambaa by-election in support of UDA’s John Njuguna Wanjiku.
The second in command provided an update on social media, noting that (Raymond) Kuria made the decision of pulling out of the race “for the sake of unity and prosperity of the people”.
“Met with Raymond Kuria with his team from Kiambaa Constituency who have graciously agreed to vacate their political ambitions in the forthcoming by-election to support and work with John Njuguna Wanjiku, the Hustler Nation candidate, for the sake of unity and prosperity of the people, Karen, Nairobi County.” Wrote the DP.
It is not clear why Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria skipped the event with speculation that the meeting was organized behind his back to paint him as a lone-ranger -a general without an army and give weight to the decision that saw PEP pull out of the race to support UDA’s candidate who has been christened as the hustler nation’s candidate.
Reports indicate that power struggles and political realignments are threatening to scatter the hustler nation apart, taking DP Ruto behind on a narrative and a movement that has taken years to craft.
Most recently, the divisions spilled into the public when Moses Kuria announced PEP’s decision to pull out of the Kiambaa race stating:
“We offer a platform for political participation and mentorship in leadership for a new crop of leaders and professionals whom we believe will drive this country forward. They will safeguard our nationhood and make our people feel safe and secure, confident in our future and that of our children,” Kuria said.
“Whereas PEP is driven by our ordinary men and women, mostly the youth, our sister party UDA, is largely driven by my colleagues, the incumbent MPs whom I respect a lot.”
The UDA brigade responded swiftly in a statement by director of communications Patrick Githae, stating that it is and will remain a hustlers’ party.
“The ongoing registration of members is a case in point. The party has been joined in the hundreds of thousands by mama mboga, hawkers, salonists, barbers, watchmen, waiters, cleaners, boda bodas and mikokoteni riders, farmers, kiosk and shop owners, matatu drivers and conductors, among other sections of society,” a party statement said.