Nyeri Town Member of Parliament Wambugu Ngunjiri has claimed that leaders from the Mt Kenya region allied to Deputy President William Ruto are planning to dump him ahead of 2022 general elections.
Tangatanga Members of Parliament from Mount Kenya Region held a meeting at Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua’s home in Karen where they came up with a list of demands that they wanted DP Ruto to meet before they declare to support his 2022 presidential bid.
“I am extremely astonished to hear that leaders from Tanga Tanga wing of Mt Kenya are coming up with a demand list to Ruto.
The meetings were reportedly planned by Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua’s group, which is allied to Ruto, to chart a negotiation strategy for the region.
“I am extremely astonished to hear that leaders from Tanga Tanga wing of Mt Kenya are coming up with a demand list to Ruto. And I find this completely ridiculous because these are the same people who have already committed themselves to Ruto,” Wambugu said.
Ngunjiri accused the leaders of imposing demands on Ruto even after campaigning for him and declaring that he was the best candidate for 2022.
“So when they start making a list of demands this amounts to taking us for a ride. You cannot make a list of demands for somebody you have already made a commitment to. Somebody you have already moved into his house and now you are demanding that he needs to meet certain standards so that you can stay with him,” Ngunjiri stated.
The Nyeri town lawmaker also dismissed his counterparts move of negotiating on behalf of the region and warned them of the consequences.
“Who are they negotiating on behalf of? Let’s say Ruto refuses to listen to them, what are they going to do to him, are they going to leave him?” Ngunjiri posed.
The Kieleweke MP further claimed that his Tangatanga counterparts had realised that Ruto was not popular in the region.
“It is now clear that these leaders have realised that he (Ruto) is not going anywhere and they are now looking for an exit strategy. You cannot tell us that you are already in Ruto’s camp, you even have no problem with having policies against the president on behalf of Ruto and now you wake up and tell us that you have a list of demands that Ruto needs to meet,” Ngunjiri said.
He wondered why the leaders wanted to negotiate with Ruto after declaring that the second in command has the support of the Mount Kenya Region.
“These Tanga Tanga leaders have been going around the country telling whoever cares to listen that Mt Kenya region is firmly behind Ruto. If the region is firmly behind Ruto, then what are they negotiating for because you only negotiate for something that you don’t have?” Ngunjiri posed.