Rift Valley leaders allied to the Deputy President William Ruto have organized a two-day retreat in Naivasha, whose main agendas is believed to discuss about the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report and the 2022 presidential succession.
Rift Valley leaders will use the retreat as a platform to study and analyze the BBI report whose implementation has caused a lot of tension in the ruling Jubilee party as the party members have a divided opinions, then come up with a common stand.
The Naivasha meeting comes just after DP Ruto has faced so many challenges, with his allies complaining that he was humiliated during the BBI report launch at the Bomas of Kenya.
There is also speculation that Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi is being groomed by President Uhuru Kenyatta as his 2022 successor, dealing a blow to Ruto who has been banking on Uhuru’s support.
The Naivasha meeting will take place from Thursday to Friday this week and will attended by all the elected leaders, professionals, religious and opinion leaders from Rift Valley region.
Soi Members of Parliament Caleb Kositany being one of the organizers giving the main agenda of their meeting stated: “We will meet to go through the report sentence by sentence and analyze what the recommendations mean to us as a community.”
The Soi Legislator further added that the meeting is open to all leaders from the Rift Valley irrespective of their political parties.
The leaders will also use the Naivasha retreat to review Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid as they believe all Rift Valley Counties will back one presidential candidate who seems to be the Deputy President.