A section of Central Kenya leaders allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to tame Deputy President William Ruto over his continued disrespect of the Head of state, even in his backyard.
Led by Kieni MP Kanini Kega and Kiambu Governor James Nyoro’s political advisor David Ngare, the leaders said Ruto and his Tangatanga brigade had taken the disrespect too far by inciting Mount Kenya residents against their leader.
They said Ruto, through his allies led by Gatundu North MP Moses Kuria and his Mathira counterpart Rigathi Gachagua, had crossed the line.
This was occasioned by a mass walkout of mourners in a burial ceremony of Thika MP Patrick Wainaina’s mother Mary Wambui in Gatundu North Sub-county Tuesday as Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya was addressing the mourners.
Kuria had said it was disrespectful to the DP for Munya to give the President's speech, leading to the mass walkout.
“The DP is pushing us too far and we will tame him. How can you incite mourners to walk out when their leader’s speech is being read? Can such a thing ever happen in his backyard? How does he intend to become the president in 2022 with such disrespect?” posed Kega.
He said they plan to have a motion to impeach the DP after the passing of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), saying they have the numbers to easily remove him from the government.
The Kieni MP said they were in the process of planning a Parliamentary Group (PG) meeting of pro-Uhuru MPs where they will definitely plan to oust the DP.
“As pro-Uhuru MPs will hold our PG and among the matters to be deliberated on is BBI and impeaching the DP. We have the numbers and it is only a matter of time,” said Kega.
Ngare said central Kenya was firmly behind the President and leaders are waiting for him to give directions on who to support in 2022.
He said some MPs in the region are being used to sow discord and enmity among residents and were misleading locals against passing the BBI despite knowing the opportunities it created for the central region.
“We are on top of things. The President only held one meeting in Sagana and everyone in the Tangatanga brigade is scampering around. Let’s first pass the BBI, and Mount Kenya will be speaking in one voice,” he said.
Kega called on leaders from the region who were eying the top seat to shelve their ambitions, saying their only intention is to split the Mt Kenya vote.