DP Ruto swings into action after Murathe’s remarks on 2022 succession

DP Ruto meets MPs to strategize on how to counter Murathe remarks

File image of DP William Ruto with a section of MPs who have openly declared support for his 2022 bid

Three days after Jubilee Party Vice Chair David Murathe declared that the party has no binding agreement with DP William Ruto to support him in 2022, the DP has swung into action.

DP Ruto held a meeting with legislators from three counties in a move aimed at consolidating his support base and turning the tide in his favour.

The MCAs from Kakamega, Baringo and Elgeyo-Marakwet met DP Ruto at his Sugoi home on Friday where 2022 succession politics surfaces.

Sources privy to the details revealed that although the agenda for the meeting was "empowering MCAs to strengthen devolution", the MCAs pledged their support to the DP, vowing to be his foot soldiers in the 2022 race.

The DPs allies are also not taking the remarks lightly with multiple sources confirming that a multi-faceted approach has been developed to swing the odds in favour of the DP.

DP Ruto camp going public, playing the victim card

According to the Sunday Nation, “the war council”-a team in DP Ruto’s camp tasked with delivering the presidency is considering going public with their displeasure at how the 2022 succession is playing out in sharp contrast with an earlier agreement that the party would rally behind DP Ruto to succeed President Kenyatta.

By playing the victim card, the paper revealed that the move is aimed at making the “President and his allies look dishonest in the court of public opinion. The hope is that this could boost Dr Ruto’s popularity ratings."

Majority Whip Ben Washiali who is a member of the “war council” was quoted confirming that “We were together as Jubilee Party under the slogan "Tuko Pamoja" (we are together). But are we really together?”

We were together and we are now out. You can’t keep telling us that we are together when you have other people at the eating table. Let’s see what the new year holds,” He added.

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