The anti-Deputy President William Ruto team within the Jubilee Party has given him three demands they want to be met before 2022.
The team which has been nicknamed Kitaeleweka appears to be against Ruto's ideologies and his attempts to rise to the presidency in the 2022 general elections.
Predominantly made up of politicians from President Uhuru Kenyatta's Central Kenya backyard, the team has warned Ruto against expecting an automatic backing from the area.
They now want Ruto to convince them to back him, arguing that they are not compelled to support him as he has not given them any tangible reason to rank him above others hopefuls.
"For Dr Ruto to support Uhuru in 2013, the President made several promises, which he kept. What has Ruto promised us in 2022 so we can support him?” wondered Nyeri Town lawmaker Ngunjiri Wambugu, the team's de-facto leader.
He added that Ruto must assure the entire nation that he will remain peaceful even if the region disowns its initial promise to support his bid and opt elsewhere.
Finally, he told the Nation on Thursday, Ruto must call for calm among his allies who have been campaigning for him ahead of time and give the President time to complete his term.
He added that they are closely watching the DP and will with time make their decision.
“Most of those terms can be evaluated only as we get closer to 2022. That is the point we are trying to make,” he noted.
The team is rumoured to also include a number of former elected leaders from Central Kenya and a number of their sitting colleagues.
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