It has now emerged that deputy president William samoei Ruto told Rigathi Gachagua on Saturday to go to karen with his wife and a written speech.
A youth leader from Nyeri allied to Rigathi Gachagua while speaking to KTN News explained that their member of parliament was directed to go with a written speech and his wife since he would be unveiled the running mate.
However, Rigathi Gachagua got the shock of his life after reaching Karen since he found the members of parliament already voting for someone else who was not him.
The supporters who spoke today claimed that they will not accept anything short of Rigathi Gachagua to deputize William Ruto.
To force the deputy president into submission, they took to the streets to protest that they will decamp from the United Democratic Alliance and throw their weight behind the Azimio side if their man is not chosen.
According to these agitated supporters, William Ruto had hinted that he would appoint Gachagua but there are some cartels in the United Democratic Alliance that want to shortchange him.
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.