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How Raila's team plans to save Uhuru from new 'Tangatanga' tricks

Curtis Otieno
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President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and opposition leader Raila Odinga during a past funeral service in Koru, Kisumu county. [Source: Raila Odinga/Twitter]

A battle is looming between the two factions of the ruling Jubilee Party, just two days before the two wings of Parliament resume sittings.

It is emerging that the faction allied to Deputy President William Ruto, otherwise known as 'Tanga-tanga' is coming to the table to settle scores with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

This comes amid an apparently growing rift between Uhuru and Ruto, with Ruto's team reportedly considering frustrating government operations in parliament in retaliation.

The group is considering shooting down important government bills and paralyze important sittings by killing quorum.

The other plan is snubbing committee sessions during considerations of government business, reports the Sunday Nation.

However, Uhuru can rest easy as his closeness with opposition leader Raila Odinga is promising to bail him out after the opposition wing in the house vowed to stand by him.

Confirming the same, Minority Leader in the National Assembly John Mbadi said that his side will neutralize the boycotting team by rallying behind the state agenda.

"I don’t see them heading anywhere with their plan. Wiper, ANC and Ford Kenya MPs support the handshake and will not, therefore, be on their side. I also don’t see the Majority Leader Aden Duale being on their side as he has always supported government agenda,” he said.

The remarks were echoed by Minority Whip in the same house Junet Mohammed, with a group allied to Uhuru, otherwise known as 'Kitaeleweka' also laughing off the threat.

“They cannot frustrate any business in the House because it is impossible and childish; and if they try it, they will be overstretching their luck," Igembe North lawmaker Maoka Maore said.

The plan comes at a time when Uhuru is very keen on delivering as he seeks to leave a legacy, this being his second and last term in office.

Uhuru and Ruto have been distant since the inclusion of Raila through his March 9, 2018 truce with the President.

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