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Wambugu: Mt Kenya leaders allied to Ruto are not sincere

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu has blasted a section of Mount Kenya leaders aligned to Deputy President William Ruto over demands for the region.

Wambugu said that the leaders led by Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira) did not create any list of demands but are looking for an exit strategy from Ruto’s camp.

“They have told us and everybody that as far as they are concerned, Ruto is the best candidate for 2022. They did not need to negotiate as they believed that he already has the region’s support,” said Wambugu.

On Sunday, Gachagua disclosed that the MPs want Ruto to disclose to them what plans he has for the region in terms of reviving the economy, and the positions he plans to set aside for the region should he become the country’s next president.

“The committees will come up with proposals, which will be presented to the DP for consideration on which positions will be on offer and what plans they have to revive the region’s economy,” said Gachagua.

But Wambugu said the purported list of demands was generated by Ruto’s allies in the Tangatanga faction of Jubilee. 

He said he was astonished by the development because the MPs have committed themselves to Ruto and have been campaigning for him.

“If the region is firmly behind Ruto, what are they negotiating for? You only negotiate for something that you do not have. It is quite embarrassing for them to be out here telling us that they now want to negotiate. Who are they negotiating on behalf of?” Wambugu asked. 

The Nyeri Town lawmaker said creating a list of demands was taking the region’s people for a ride as there is no way one can give demands to someone they support.

Wambugu was responding to media reports that Mt Kenya MPs had decided to open negotiations with DP Ruto in exchange for their political support ahead of the 2022 elections.

 “If Ruto for example refuses to listen to their demands, what are they going to do to him? Are they going to leave him?”

He said the group may have realized that Ruto is not popular and are now looking for an exit strategy.

Wambugu said the way to go was to summarize the region’s needs then start looking for the person who would accommodate them.

However, he said, one cannot start with identifying a candidate, pledge support to the aspirant, then present a list of demands to him or her.

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