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DP Ruto convenes urgent meeting ahead of tomorrow’s showdown in Parliament

Deputy President William Ruto is set to meet over 140 lawmakers, at his Karen residence today, in what appears to be a quick rejoinder to the looming bruising duel pitching ODM leader Raila Odinga and his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The DP has been under fierce criticism from all quarters with his boss recently warning his Mt. Kenya backyard against him, terming him impatient and not fit to entrust with the Country leadership.

His move comes just a day to the resumption of parliament with a number of agenda already lined up to be discussed beginning tomorrow Tuesday 9, 2021.

Among those in the in-tray includes harmonization of two conflicting referendum laws, amendments to the National Cohesion and Integration Act, and the BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill, currently before county assemblies.

This is after the National Assembly National Security committee led by Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange wants class discrimination to be amended and included in the National Cohesion and Integration Act.

The move is intended to outlaw the hustler versus dynasty slogan under which the DP anchors his political campaign ahead of 2022.

But the main agenda is the second in command’s impeachment motion that is tabled and led by Lugari lawmaker Ayub Savula, a move the DP is keen to scatter by consolidating proper support from his allied leaders in parliament.

Savula has also expressed confidence in the move stating that it enjoys support from President Kenyatta’s Jubilee wing and the ODM.

“Raila has actually instructed Junet (National Assembly Minority whip) to work with me while the President as asked Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe to oversee the process,” Savula said.

He added that he was already guaranteed of the 126 signatures and was sure of hitting the 233 mark by Tuesday tomorrow.

“The impeachment process is on and I want to tell Ruto to start preparing his defense on the 16 grounds we have listed,” Savula added.

This comes mid contrary statements from the ODM and jubilee allies stating that their parties had not sanctioned the move as claimed by Savula.

Nyeri town legislator Ngunjiri Wambugu said that their party leader had not given the express authority to ouster the DP adding that there was no need to, having been working without the DP’s support.

“We will wait to get directions from the party and the party leader, but so far we don’t have such directions,” Wambugu said of the planned push to oust Ruto.

“For us, we will ignore the DP so that he can focus on his 2022 and for us, we will focus on the development agenda for our people,” he said.

On his part former majority whip, Aden Duale laughed off the ploy, stating that the DP’s ouster could not be done by Savula’s caliber while daring him to bring it on.

“Bring it on, you should not use this as a bait to extort money from the enemies of William Ruto,” Duale said.

“The impeachment of the DP has been a subject at funerals, bars, and girlfriends’ houses, it is time that it is brought to the floor of the House on Tuesday,” the Garissa Township MP said.

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    Written by Fred Orido

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