Why Mt Kenya’s Ruto’s ‘die-hards’ are silent in DP’s woes
Deputy President and his allies have been on the receiving end in the past few weeks as politicians craft their 2022 plans for various offices.
From being ousted in powerful positions to being booted for failing to attend meetings, Ruto’s allies are hanging on a thin line with lack of a clear direction of what to do.
But where did the rain start beating the Tangatanga battallion?
For the past two years, the dp has been openly campaigning for his Presidential ambitions in 2022.
However this has not been welcomed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his allies who say that the campaigns should be postponed till the near end of his second term.
Ruto has gone on to recruit various politicians especially in Mt Kenya in the bid to reach to all voters.
The battalion consisting of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, Kandara MP Alice Wahome, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, Wangui Ngirichi from Kirinyaga among others have been attending political meetings and rallies with the dp.
The leaders have castigated the President for trying to ‘stop an idea whose time has come’ while on the other hand Uhuru thinks its time for development and not campaigns.
However it seems the noose is getting tightened and Uhuru has moved to reclaim his position.
Monday this week the President summoned Senators to state house and ousted Ruto’s allies from powerful positions. Elgeyo Marakwet lost his leader of majority seat and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika also lost her chief whip position.
The President has gone further to expel nominated senators who did not show up for the meeting because of their political stands.
The six, Falhada Dekow Iman, Naomi Jillo Waqo, Victor Prengei, Mary Seneta Yiane and Millicent Omanga were expelled for gross misconduct and insurbodination.
Jubilee party Secretary General Raphael Tuju said they received messages, did not even bother to send apologies for not attending meeting.
Of interest is that only those leaders allied to the dp from the Rift Valley are defending their colleagues as their Mt Kenya counterparts stay mute as they watch things unfold over time.