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Ruto allies to make stand on party contributions

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Allies of Deputy President William Ruto have planned for a consultative meeting at his Karen home.

Insiders claim the agenda of the meeting will include Ruto’s 2022 State House bid and their welfare at Jubilee Party.

The meeting will also touch on the thorny issue of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) in which Ruto has been sitting on the fence.

However, while Ruto has harshly criticized the proposed constitutional changes and those pushing for them, he has said he is not pushing for a ‘No’ vote.

“I have not said I am opposed to the BBI. I am saying that the people are asking questions, ” he said while at a rally in Mombasa on Saturday.

Sylvanus Osoro, the South Mugirango MP opines that they will have a Parliamentary Group (PG) Meeting to put their house in order as Parliament resumes on Tuesday.

Ruto’s lieutenants have however denied claims of a scheme to frustrate the government’s agenda in Parliament, saying that they will support President Uhuru Kenyatta so he can finish his term in peace.

“Yes we will have a normal PG tomorrow at the ‘hustlers’ mansion. It is a normal meetup to start the year as we resume sessions in Parliament,” said Osoro.

Although Osoro was categorical that a meeting will take place, Jubilee Party’s Deputy Secretary-General Caleb Kositany (Soy) hinted at a meeting but was non-committal about the forces pushing for it, even as county assemblies continue to decide their positions on the BBI.

Kositany a close ally of Ruto and spokesperson however, said that the majority of DP’s allies want to stop making contributions to the party and will soon meet to decide when to make the move.

Daniel Rono (Keiyo South) another DP’s stalwart said they will meet for talks on how strengthen their position on a number of issues in Parliament.

Already Amani National Congress (ANC) party members are crafting an impeachment motion against the DP.

Oscar Sudi the vocal Kapaseret MP said that since they are frustrated in the ruling party, they will raise concerns about making contributions.

“Over 100 MPs want to stop their contributions to the ruling party. In fact, some of us want to leave roughly Sh1,000 to that party,” said Sudi.

 Come and give them answers. Bring them the copies [of the document] and they will decide. They are not stupid; they will decide,” he said at the Coast on Sunday.

Didmus Barasa (Kimilili) echoed Sudi’s sentiment saying as members of Tanga Tanga they will take a position on party contributions.

“We will discuss a myriad of issues pertinent to our State House bid and welfare. We also want to re-channel our party contributions and leave a paltry Sh1,000.”

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