Ruto heads to Kiambu amid Kenya Kwanza sibling wars

Deputy President Wiliam Ruto is Saturday leading the Kenya Kwanza brigade to Kiambu County for what has been dubbed as a mega rally to be held at Ndumberi.

The rally is a climax of back-to-back campaigns under the banner “Mt Kenya Express” spearheaded by Ruto’s deputy Rigathi Gachagua.

Kiambu is among select vote-rich counties that hold the key to the August 9 presidential contest between Ruto and Azimio’s Raila Odinga, making it a hotbed of political campaigns.

Battle lines have been drawn, especially on the gubernatorial seat, which has attracted seasoned politicians.

The meeting comes hot on the heels of a clash between former governor William Kabogo and the incumbent Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi who are seeking to unseat Governor James Nyoro.

The Wednesday public spat exposed the political storm brewing inside the coalition and on the other hand a supremacy battle pitting the gubernatorial candidates.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria also gunning for the governor’s position together with Kabogo has chided UDA for rooting for a six-piece voting pattern in the region.

The duo that met separately on Thursday made good their threat to withdraw from the campaigns citing frustrations.

They accused Gachagua of dictatorship and consequently wrote a protest letter to the DP seeking his intervention to avoid a further fallout within the alliance.

The two are among 10 party leaders expected to accompany Ruto to Ndumberi.

Ruto’s mission will not be limited to consolidating his support but will be expected to do some damage control following the altercation and scathing attack on his deputy by Kabogo and Kuria who are Tujibebe Wakenya and Chama Cha Kazi party leaders respectively.


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