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DP Ruto’s allies warned against disrupting Madaraka Day celebrations to be graced by Uhuru as showdown looms

Supremacy battle and looming showdown between Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke groups

President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 54th Madaraka Day celebrations in Nyeri county. This year's celebrations will be mared in Narok

A warning has been issued to a team of politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto-popularly called team “Tanga Tanga” against disrupting Madaraka Day celebrations to be graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The warning comes in the wake of reports of a looming showdown and concerns of a supremacy battles between the supporters of the DP Ruto’s ‘Tanga Tanga’ group and the ‘Kieleweke’ group supporting the March 9,2018 ‘Handshake.’

Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta (ODM) disclosed that intense lobbying by the two Jubilee party factions is underway to show which group is more popular and could spoil the national celebrations that will be held in Narok on 01 June.

“I understand there is lobbying between the two factions wanting to show who controls Narok. I am warning those planning such unnecessary political showdowns to keep off my constituency of Narok North where the event will take place and Narok at large,” warned the MP.

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The lawmaker who is in support of the handshake faulted DP Ruto’s allies for politicking at the expense of development and undermining the President who has on numerous occasions warned against pre-mature campaigns.

“When the President says he does not want 2022 politics and his Deputy is all over doing campaigns that is undermining the president and it is wrong,” Kenta fired.

Kenta divulged that the two factions are a result of difference in ideology between the defunct President Uhuru Kenyatta’s The National Alliance (TNA) and DP Ruto’s United Republican Party (URP) which merged to form the Jubilee party.

“I was among those who opposed the merger between the two parties. I even moved to court to block the dissolution of my then party TNA.I knew the merger will create a fallout and from what is happening now. I am vindicated,” said Mr Kenta.

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His warning comes barely a week after a county youth forum to deliberate on pressing issues affecting Narok county was called off at the last minute.

The event was cancelled by the county’s security team amidst concerns that it could result in chaos between rival factions.

Both the opposition and the Jubilee party enjoy significant support in the county, with ODM supporters backing team Kieleweke in support of the handshake. 

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