Deputy President William Ruto today held a closed-door meeting with more than 20 lawmakers, led by MPs George Theuri (Embakasi West), Benjamin Gathiru (Embakasi South), John Kiarie (Dagoretti South), Nixon Korir (Langata) and Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu).
The meeting which is believed to be linked to his 2022 bid brought together Nairobi County Members of County Assembly, with reports indicating that the DP is casting his nets wider and reaching out to grassroots leaders across the country.
Taking to Social media after the meeting, the DP wrote:
“We acknowledge the central role Members of the County Assemblies play in powering devolution in the country. We urge them to remain tireless, engage in service before self, and pull together with county executives — without eroding their oversight task — for timely implementation of projects that will transform lives of the people. During a meeting with Nairobi County MCAs led by MPs George Theuri (Embakasi West), Benjamin Gathiru (Embakasi South), John Kiarie (Dagoretti South), Nixon Korir (Langata) and Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu)”.
Nairobi county has the highest number of registered voters and is often a battleground between the opposition and the incumbent.
The DP has been meeting leaders from across the country in a bid to bolster his 2022 bid despite repeated warning from the head of state warning politicians to focus on development.
It is increasingly becoming clear that the DP may not be the automatic successor to President Uhuru Kenyatta as was initially thought, prompting him to change strategy.
Several Mount Kenya leaders have openly declared their oppositiojn to the DP’s candidature, led by Jubilee party Vice chair David Murathe.