Deputy President William Ruto will take his campaign rallies to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Ichaweri village in Gatundu South constituency on Friday, March 18, 2022.
Insider reveals details of Ruto's tour of Uhuru's Ichaweri home village
DP Ruto has not been to Gatundu South constituency in three years.
Ruto will be leading Kenya Kwanza alliance rallies at the heart of President Kenyatta’s family home just days after the head of state unveils the Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate on March 12.
The DP has made recent trips to Kiambu county but this will be the first time in three years that Ruto will return to Gatundu South.
The country’s second in command will make his first stop at Ngenda Ward, where Uhuru casts his vote then proceed to Kimunyu, Mutomo, Kiamwangi, Mundoro and Kiamwangi.
"We will have five stops in Gatundu South. The last time Ruto was in Gatundu South was three years ago,” Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa told the media.
Two rally stops that are likely to spark interest is one at the president’s Ichaweri village and another at a Mutomo Village where the First Family is entangled in a land dispute with locals.
Over 160 residents are concerned about the government’s plan to compensate them for acquiring their land to expand the Mama Ngina University.
Kenyans will also be keen to watch how the Kenya Kwanza Alliance of UDA, ANC and Ford Kenya will engage the resident without the support of the region's two most influential leaders; President Kenyatta and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
Kuria is yet to formally join the Kenya Kwanza alliance, even as Ruto allies claim he is unwelcome.
In an interview, the Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa said that the Chama Cha Kazi party leader's involvement in UDA and the larger Kenya Kwanza Alliance is intended to cause confusion.
This comes in the backdrop of Kuria’s announcement that he was in talks with UDA and 19 other parties.
“I’m not aware of any such partnership (between Chama Cha Kazi and UDA)...UDA is a party that welcomes everyone and if he intends to join UDA, he is welcome but not to create confusion to vend tickets. Our people are in UDA as their party of choice,” Ichungwa said.
Kuria issued his response in a Facebook post shared on the wee hours of Saturday, March 12 morning at around 3 am.
He expressed surprise that his Kikuyu counterpart seemed to be holding a grudge against him, describing Ichungwa’s remarks as juvenile.
“I have read the unwarranted attacks on me by my colleague Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa appearing in today's Daily Nation with shock and dismay.
“Mr Ichungwa seems to have a lot of bile towards me for choosing to belong to the Chama Cha Kazi Party and not the UDA Party. This is my democratic right that will not be taken away by Ichungwa's juvenile attack,” Kuria answered back.
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