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Revealed: DP Ruto's night meeting with Rift Valley MPs amid 2022 uncertainity

Wagema Felista
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William Ruto in a past meeting. [Photo:]

Barely three months after the 2017 elections, debate over 2022 politics is shaping up and will most likely swipe the country like bush fire soon.

Amid this discussion is one man - Deputy President William Samoei arap Ruto.

Though prior to the 2017 election it appeared almost certain that the Jubilee party would rally behind Mr Ruto, that seems to be changing quickly.

Several politicians from Mt Kenya region, President Kenyatta's political bedrock, seem to be changing the tune quickly.

There is also trouble in DP Ruto's backyard of Rift Valley after several MPs from the area were dewhipped.

This forced Ruto, a suave politician, to quickly convene a meeting of Rift Valley MPs on Thursday.

The meeting, held at his Karen home, ended at around 3pm and had up to 20 MPs from the region.

Immediately after the meeting, Ruto is said to have ended up holed in another night meeting with the MPs at Nairobi hotel which run up to midnight.

Sources said the meeting was so heated to a point a first time MP was involved in a verbal exchange with the DP.

Also, a visibly angry Ruto shut down Moiben MP Silas Tiren who had accused him of blackmail over parliament leadership.

“The DP had asked Tiren to resign from the parliamentary Agriculture Committee. But Tiren vowed not to resign saying he was an elected leader and dared Ruto to take him on politically,” a source said.

“It is very unfair parliament must remain independent always," Nandi Hills MP told the standard over what transpired in the meeting.

Sources said the Rift Valley MPs were also planning to raise issues with the ongoing 'change of tune' of the Mt Kenya region but the environment did not allow.

"We wanted to solve inhouse issues first before talking about our brothers from Mt Kenya. This however went from bad to worse," an MP said.

On Saturday while attending a burial in Kiambu, Ruto said politicians should stop 'rushing to issues'. He was, apparently, referring to the ongoing 2022 debate.

Speakers at the function however guaranteed Ruto of the regions support and urged him to ignore the 'few voices', saying otherwise.

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