Details of DP Ruto’s running mate emerges days after a meeting with Mt Kenya leaders

Details have emerged of Deputy President William Ruto’s three-day-long meeting with the leaders from the Mt Kenya region days after a retreat at the Maasai Mara.

In his mission to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022, the DP is reported to have been faced with options from the Mt Kenya leaders.

The leaders are said to have pledged their support for the DP while being categorical that he gives them other slots, including the running mate, among other benefits.

Among those fronted to the second in command as his potential deputies include former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, and Tharaka Nithi senator Kithure Kindiki.

Another thing reportedly discussed by the DP and his team during the retreat is the bottom-up economics; an approach Dr. Ruto and the brigade are vouching for.

The DP is also said to have promised to pick his running mate from the region to return the favour accorded to him by the people from the Mountain.

This came barely two weeks after a section of the Mt Kenya leaders downplayed the ongoing negotiations between the DP and the regional political leaders, led by Nyer town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu.

“It is quite embarrassing for them to be out here telling us that they now want to negotiate. Who are they negotiating on behalf of?” Wambugu asked. 

“If Ruto for example refuses to listen to their demands, what are they going to do to him? Are they going to leave him?”

The legislator had reiterated that the allies could have sensed a defeat and unpopularity of the DP in the region and only wanted a safe way out.

“They did not need to negotiate as they believed that he already has the region’s support.”

“If the region is firmly behind Ruto, what are they negotiating for? You only negotiate for something that you do not have,” he said.

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    Written by Fred Orido




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