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Ruto's allies cancel press conference at eleventh hour over Matiang'i's promotion

Sheppernard N. Mosomi
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Deputy President William Ruto in a past event. [Photo/DPPS]

A section of MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto were forced to cancel a press conference on Wednesday in which they were supposed to question elevation of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i as head of powerful cabinet sub committee, reports the Standard.

On a WhatsApp group, the MPs mobilised one another to address the press at Boulevard Hotel but they were forced to call it off following an intervention by senior leadership.

“We have been told to lie low until further instructions,” said a vocal MP from Rift in a text to one of our reporters.

He added: “We are all in agreement that there is a major problem in Government. Some of our MPs are abroad and we have been told to stay calm for now and see how things unfold.”

Dr Matiang'i will now chair National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee, whose main mandate will be among others, supervising and monitoring government projects.

In the WhatsApp group, Ruto's allies insisted that the move was meant to undermine the DP despite his loyalty to the Head of State for over six years now.

“This is bad for the DP’s political career. We cannot accept this to go on. We are witnessing something similar to what happened in 2002 when President Kibaki (Mwai) took over from Moi (Daniel),” read a message by one MP from Rift Valley.

A vocal senator is then said to have asked the MPs to tone down and 'give the issue time to monitor how things unfold'.

“We need time to consult further on the matter. We will advise accordingly,” read the message.

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