As opinion is divided on whether William Ruto’s remarks at Kamahuhia Girls High School in Murang’a county were meant to stir tribal animosity or merely the bitter truth, one thing is clear, the second in command is fighting to control county vote bloc.
The county has been at the centre of political events when anti-Ruto forces recently visited the region to decampaign Ruto in Uhuru Kenyatta succession game.
Kieleweke camp recently pitched tent in Gatanga constituency with 18 MPs present. Local MP Nduati Ngugi and Peter Kenneth were present.
On attacks on DP by a section of MPs led by nominated MP Maina Kamanda who has roots in the county, Ruto speaking in Maragua said the group was being used by the opposition to fight him.
“They have initiated Stop Ruto Movement to distract the government from undertaking its development responsibilities,” said the DP.
Speaking at Kamahuha Girls’ High School, Ruto accused the opposition of misleading MPs, who had since left their development responsibilities for “baseless politics”.
Ruto attacked the handshake.
Ruto was accompanied by MPs Mary Waithera of Maragua, Sabina Chege, Murang’a, Faith Gitau, Nyandarua, Alice Wahome, Kandara, Rigathi Gachagua, Mathira and Joyce Korir, Bomet.
The anti-Ruto forces who visited the Murang’a region were drawn from Jubilee, Kanu, Wiper and ODM. The leaders included Kamanda, Ngunjiri Wambugu, Nyeri Town, and former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth. Others who spoke in Murang’a county included Tom Kajwang, Ruaraka, Gladys Wanga, Homa Bay, Robert Mbui, Kathiani, William Kamket, Tiaty and Gathoni Wamuchomba, Kiambu.
They took Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro a Ruto ally headon forfor introducing a bill that seeks to stop the Directorate of Criminal Investigations from conducting investigations on matters related to corruption.
Kenneth said all should support the president to ensure development was realised.
Former Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe was present and said South Korea is an example on how to fight corruption. Murathe said two of its former presidents are in jail for corruption.
Gatanga MP Nduati Ngugi said all should support Uhuru’s development agenda.