– Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria, and Nyeri Town MP, Ngunjiri Wambugu, have differed on position of Mount Kenya community with regard to supporting William Ruto's presidential bid in 2022
– Addressing a congregation at Imani PCEA Church in Nyeri county on Sunday, January 7, Kuria rebuked Wambugu for claiming that the Mount Kenya bloc's support for Ruto is not automatic
– Wambugu was reacting to a statement made earlier by the Gatundu South legislator who asserted that Mt Kenya region will fully rally behind the deputy president come 2022
A war of words has erupted between Moses Kuria and his friend Ngunjiri Wambugu over Mount Kenya region's support for William Ruto's presidential bid in 2022.
Addressing a congregation at Imani PCEA church in Nyeri county on Sunday, January 7, the Gatundu South lawmaker rebuked his Nyeri Town counterpart for asserting that Mt Kenya people's support for the deputy president (DP) come 2022 is not automatic.
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"It's too early to talk about 2022 elections, but now that my brother Kuria has broached the issue, my personal opinion is that our support for the DP will not come automatically but rather will be based on his track record," Wambugu argued in a Facebook post.
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The Nyeri Town legislator seems to be in agreement with former Kiambu county governor, William Kabogo, who also recently reiterated that Mt Kenya region will not be forced to support Ruto's presidential bid in 2022.
However, not all leaders from the vast Mt Kenya voting bloc agree with Kabogo and Wambugu. This is despite some political analysts arguing that the region is not known to support any other presidential candidate apart from their own.
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While reacting to Wambugu's remarks, Kuria called on leaders to allow the country to recover from the divisive 2017 polls and let the 2022 succession politics wait.
“Elected legislators like my friend Ngunjiri should stop the sideshows at a time when the country is trying to recover the time lost in the costly 2017 general elections,” Kuria said.
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The Gatundu South MP also rubbished reports that there was a split between Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta over the recent cabinet appointments.
As previously reported by Tuko.co.ke, Ruto was conspicuously missing when President Uhuru announced the first batch of his new cabinet secretaries on Friday, January 5.
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There have been heated discussions over the new cabinet appointments after a local newspaper reported that the deputy president was not happy with inclusion of ex-President Daniel arap Moi's son, Gideon Moi, in the new cabinet line-up.
Ruto has since refuted the claims and urged Kenyans to give the president space to execute his constitutional mandate.
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