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Friday, 19 June 2020

Uhuru deals blow to Ruto 2022 bid as he takes charge of Western projects

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Barely hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta bagged two political heavyweights in Kalonzo Musyoka and Isaac Ruto, he has pulled yet another political surprise. The President has dealt his deputy a body blow by consolidating his support in western Kenya.
President Kenyatta has moved to take charge of the region’s politics after he authorised the immediate completion of all stalled projects in the region in what could change the political fortunes of his deputy William Ruto in the region.
Coming on a day 16 members of his party, allied to Dr Ruto, were officially kicked out of their positions in the National Assembly, the President may have locked out his deputy from his strongholds.
Deputy President Ruto had made political inroads in various parts of the country by opening projects, or inspecting progress and taking part in numerous harambees, so much that it earned him the moniker ‘Tangatanga’.
But with the projects route blocked, the DP will need to come up with innovative ways of selling his agenda in the run-up to 2022. And the troubles are not about to end. Projects in central Kenya will also get attention with the aim of emancipating the region from debilitating politics.
On Thursday, Education Chief Administrative Secretary Zack Kinuthia said: “The President is of the correct position that Mt Kenya region is not in need of political and sovereignty liberation since those two have already been won. Rather, what is needed in the area is economic freedom.”
The President directed Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, in his capacity as the chairman of the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee, to host a consultative meeting with leaders from the five counties in the western region and deliberate on development projects.
Launching projects and completing existing ones will give mileage to President Kenyatta and curtail the agenda of Tangatanga who, before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, had been traversing the country in the name of development.
As expected, pro-Ruto MPs did not show up at the meeting held at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in Nairobi, amid reports that they had been asked to stay away. 
The Nation has learnt National Assembly Majority Whip Emmanuel Wangwe had invited all the MPs from the region to the meeting through text messages, going a step further to post the same invite in the MPs’ WhatsApp group.
However, only Kieleweke MPs, who a month ago had picked Kakamega Governor Wycliffe  Oparanya and Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa as their spokesmen, attended the meeting, further underlining the fight for the control of the soul of the region.
The meeting was attended by more than 20 MPs, three governors and 4 senators but those allied to ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya MPs allied to the faction of Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula kept off.
Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi, whose overthrow of Wetang’ula as the party leader is awaiting determination in court and Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu, who is the Ford Kenya secretary-general, attended. From ANC, Teso North MP Oku Kaunya and Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi were the only ones present.
As a sign of the supremacy war between Mr Wamalwa and Mr Oparanya on one side and Mr Wetang’ula and Mudavadi on the other, the Nation learnt that the ANC leader had asked his MPs to skip the meeting, a fact that was denied by Lugari MP Ayub Savula.
“Mr Mudavadi did not give any instructions for non-appearance,” Mr Savula said. He, however, confirmed that the no-show by most of his colleagues was because of the power struggle in the region involving the four leaders.
Dr Matiang’i tagged along CSs Peter Munya (Agriculture), Sicily Kariuki (Water), Mr Wamalwa (Devolution) and Health CAS Rashid Aman represented CS Mutahi Kagwe in a meeting that lasted close to four hours and discussed a wide range of issues from infrastructure, the ailing sugar industry and water.
Dr Matiang’i agreed to visit the region between July 20 and 21, 2020 to analyse the status of the projects and report back to the President.

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