Details of Meeting by Top Kalenjins to Counter Gideon Moi’s Rising Popularity that has Sent DP Ruto into Shock

Deputy President William Ruto is planning a gargantuan political meeting of top leaders from the Rift Valley in a bid to secure his backyard.

Ruto’s “unity” meeting planned for early August at Sugoi is set to bring together influential opinion leaders, current and former MPs, governors and their deputies, senators, speakers and MCAs in a calculated manoeuvre to demonstrate his grip on the region.

With anti-Ruto campaign simmering within Jubilee and the threats by Kanu chairman Gideon Moi’s political momentum, Ruto is said to have been alarmed and has jolted into action.

The Baringo senator, has been revamping his Kanu outfit in what is seen as preparation for an inaugural stab at the presidency in 2022, or position himself as the go-to ally for any alliance that will be arranged against Ruto.

Significantly, the younger Moi has been hobnobbing with the DP’s detractors, particularly Nasa leader Raila Odinga, after his March 9 handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Two months ago he played host to Raila when he visited his father and former President, Daniela Moi, at Kabarak. A month later, Gideon paid a courtesy call on Mombasa governor and ODM Deputy Party leader Hassan Joho.

Former Cabinet ministers Henry Kosgey and Franklin Bett, Kalenjin Council of Elders chairman John Seii, Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago and Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen are said to have been identified to spearhead the convention.

Other key politicians playing key roles include Kericho senator Aaron Cheruiyot and his Nandi counterpart Samson Cherargei.

Former Kipkelion MP Franklin Bett told the Star that the region’s unity was at stake unless an all-inclusive meeting is convened to solidify the political bloc.

The former Cabinet minister who is considered among the region’s most level-headed figures, warned, however, against what he termed a petty meeting that would focus on trivialities.

“The biggest challenge facing the people of Rift Valley is lack of unity precipitated by the dislike of others on the basis of imaginary loyalty. The meeting must focus on solid issues that enhance the welfare of our people,” Bett opined.

According to sources, civil servants from the region including Cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, CEOs and top government officials who are beneficiaries of the Ruto axis are expected to facilitate the crucial meeting.

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