Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday chaired a critical meeting on the country’s food security even as political talk on his 2022 presidential bid continued to attract heated political temperatures.

The Deputy President spent the better part of Thursday morning at his Karen office where he met with the Multi Agency Committee on Food Security.

The DP appeared unbowed by the heated political environment regarding his 2022 presidential campaign.

Controversy started with comments by former Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe who said Ruto was unfit to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

DP Ruto chairs food security meeting amid rising political tension

Kimani Ngunjiri

A section of Ruto’s allies led by Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri have since challenged the head of state to clarify his position on his preferred presidential candidate in the next general election.

The DP’s allies have also launched attack on President Kenyatta’s stronghold of Mt Kenya region with claims that the area has been neglected.

On Tuesday, Ruto tweeted a statement in support of the President but has since avoided political talk even as his trusted allies continued to defend his 2022 campaign.

Health CS Sicily Kariuki, a close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta was also present in the Karen meeting.