Protest Rocks Kenya Kwanza coalition a few hours after Kithure, Gachagua left DP Ruto’s Karen residence

Kenya Kwanza Alliance supporters from Mt Kenya region on Saturday held demonstrations to protest the delay in naming Dr William Ruto’s running mate.

In a video that has gone viral, the angry youths who threatened to ditch Ruto’s kenya Kwanza for Raila’s  Azimio were heard chanting “No Gachagua, No Ruto”.

Dr Ruto, who is Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential candidate, had promised to name his running mate on Saturday.

Ruto’s unveiling was pushed to 1 pm, later 3 pm and eventually ended up not happening as at 5 pm.

According to sources close to a local daily, that negotiations failed to bear fruits resulting in the exit of the two leaders.

Kindiki was the first to leave at about 5 PM and was followed by Gachagua 20 minutes later.

Other leaders allied to the DP were still holed in a meeting at the DP’s residence by the time of going to the press.

The DP was to pick either Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki or Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua as his running mate.

Senior Journalist John Jacob Kioria had earlier revealed that a tug of war was currently ongoing at Ruto’s Karen home.

He revealed that the divide in mount kenya leaders on who Dr Ruto should choose as his second in command has led to a delay in unveiling his running.

“Tense negotiations at Karen. The tug of war is between Kindike kithure and Rigathi Gachagua. Mt Kenya leaders are trying to negotiate a way out of the deadlock. Leaders from the region divided
Into Gachagua and Kindiki camp,” he wrote.

According to media reports, the Kenya Kwanza Alliance was behind schedule as the leaders were still held up in a meeting at DP’s residence in Karen.

By midday, some DP Ruto’s allies were still making their way to DP’s residence, among them being former Kiambu governor William Kabogo.

The DP was expected to make the announcement at his official Karen residence and the announcement would end months of speculation that has surrounded Ruto’s choice of a running mate.

Speculations have it that the names of the possible running mates have narrowed down to two candidates, Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki and Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua.

Three other individuals have been highly mentioned to be gunning to be Ruto’s number two. They include; ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.

Ruto on Friday spent the better part of the morning meeting leaders, including UDA politicians from the Mt Kenya region, at his Karen residence.

Those aware of the plans to unveil the coalition deputy said Ruto was ready to live up to his promise to forward the name of his running mate to the electoral commission before Monday.

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    Written by Paul Nyongesa

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