DP Ruto’s allies plan to confront Uhuru

The unhappy leaders are set to hold a major meeting in Rift Valley this weekend.

Deputy President William Ruto addresses Jubilee Party delegates at Kasarani, January 13, 2017.

The politicians who are gubernatorial, senatorial as well as parliamentary aspirants are angered that Kenyatta has failed to back Ruto against the Central Kenya leaders who mainly comprise of those who lost in the nominations.

According to The Star, the DP’s allies are set to hold a major meeting in Kericho this weekend where they will publicly express their frustrations with the President.

Sosiot Declaration

In what they call the 'Sosiot Declaration', the defeated politicians, led by candidates for governor in Kalenjin areas, will air grievances during the meeting at Sosiot Grounds in Kericho.

The concerns were first raised last weekend during a high profile meeting held at Lake Bogoria and led by Jackson Mandago of Uasin Gishu, Joyce Laboso of Bomet, Paul Chepkwony of Kericho and Simon Kachapin West Pokot and attended by over 70 aspirants for Governor, Senate and National Assembly.

The leaders feel DP Ruto's efforts that led to stability during the Jubilee nominations after a shambolic and chaotic start were not appreciated.

Oversee Jubilee Party nominations

President Kenyatta gave his deputy the all powerful role of overseeing the repeat of nationwide Jubilee primaries following the chaotic nominations exercise that saw the entire process called off.

Ruto camped at the Jubilee Headquarters in Pangani to oversee the countrywide nominations process till its end.

“This is the man who sorted out the problems. How is that he is now being blamed and his boss does not bother to defend him in public? This weekend we plan to tell the President very clearly that he must stand with Ruto through thick and thin," one of the leaders from Nakuru was quoted as saying.

The group is also particularly not happy with Baringo Senator Gideon Moi who has already declared his 2022 presidential bid putting him on a direct collision course with Ruto who wants to succeed Kenyatta as president.

Moi's Kanu has fielded candidates in nearly all Rift Valley areas and are viewed by Ruto's allies as a threat and a spoiler to the DP's latter plans.


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