DP Ruto's camp hold urgent meeting to plot next move after 'humiliation' in Sagana

Looming showdown as DP Ruto's camp retreats to the drawing board

File image of MPs allied to the Tangatanga faction of Jubilee that have openly declared support for DP Ruto in 2022

Details have emerged of a secret meeting hurriedly crafted by Deputy President William Ruto’s allies to counter the resolutions and humiliation at the Sagana State Lodge where President Uhuru Kenyatta met Jubilee leaders from Mount Kenya region.

No sooner had the Sagana meeting ended than DP Ruto’s Kieleweke team converged at the home of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua with 15 MPs in attendance.

Those in attendance included Susan Kihika (Nakuru Senator) and MPs Jayne Kihara (Naivasha), Mary Wamaua (Maragua), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), John Kiarie (Dagorreti South) and Ndindi Nyoro of Kiharu.

Also present were Woman Reps Catherine Waruguru (Laikipia) Beatrice Nkatha (Tharaka Nithi), Purity Ngirichi (Kirinyaga) and Rahab Mukami of Nyeri.

Participants at the meeting discussed their alleged humiliation by the President and how to counter the same in the coming days.

It is also understood that the Tangatanga faction schemed on how to oppose the BBI report upon its release eve after the president made his stand on the same known.

Other than missing out on speaking slots, the tension between them and the President’s men was noticeable and was part of the deliberations.

Humiliation in Sagana

Moses Kuria was not even allowed into the VIP podium while Tigania West MP John Mutunga who arrived late was barred from the red carpet area.

Things were different for Igembe North’s Maoka Maore who arrived much later (after Mutunga and Kuria) as he was rushed through the red carpet and given a seat at the ‘high table’.

Upon the President’s arrival, there was a hearty handshake for Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga and Kieni MP Kanini Kega. Mr Gachagua on the other hand got a shaky and rushed handshake with the head of state appearing to be avoiding eye contact.

The participants vented their frustrations as how they were sidelined and humiliated at the Sagana meeting which saw the Kieleweke faction deliver give most of the speeches while a number of Tangatanga MPs were not even allowed to the VIP tent.

Moses Kuria openly stated that he regrets attending the Sagana meeting as nothing much came out of it.

“I regret attending it. It was a waste of time and nothing was achieved. It was choreographed to achieve the organisers intentions.

“Which unity are we talking about? I flew from Nairobi on a chopper, when I got to Sagana I was shown where to sit on the grass in the sun as if one one needs to be shown where to sit in an open space. The meeting flopped,” ranted Kuria.

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