Ruto allies claim his competitors have planned to have him heckled during his Nyeri tour

Saturday, December 4th, 2021 08:48 |
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Some allies of Deputy President William Ruto have on Saturday December 4, 2021 raised concerns that there are plans to disrupt his Nyeri tour.

Chinga Ward Member of the County Assembly (MCA) Kiruga Thuku who is now Ruto’s point man in Othaya Constituency, and Dennis Itumbi, who is the media strategist in DP’s office, accused political leaders allied to the Kieleweke faction of planning to cause chaos.

DP Ruto is expected to tour Nyeri County exactly a week after Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga met several elders and youth from the region in Nyeri town. Odinga camped in the Mount Kenya county for two days.

In a statement which was shared on his official Facebook account, Thuku pointed an accusing finger at Nyeri town Member of Parliament (MP) Ngunjiri Wambugu and his Kieni counterpart Kanini Kega of planning to disrupt the meeting.

“They should not dare because the Kieleweke team is the minority one in Nyeri County, we never interfered with their meeting and we expect the same,” Thuku said.

He asked both Wambugu and Kega to keep off their meeting as he was sure that they were planning to cause disruptions.

Thuku took the moment to say that their meeting was purely peaceful as all Ruto was interested in was sharing his bottom-up economy plan in the country.

The Ward Representative who is now serving his first term in the Nyeri County Assembly, also shared a screenshot of a post by Ngunjiri which stated that they were alert and ready.

Thuku said that they had mobilised enough people and it was clear that they were all ready to meet Ruto.

According to him, a few youth had been paid to cause chaos within Othaya town.

“Shame on you and you call yourselves leaders! Othaya people have rejected the politics of violence,” he said.

Thuku said that some of the youth who had been paid to cause chaos had already spilled the beans as they were supporters of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

“You did your meetings, we never interrupted them; and that’s the basic reciprocation we expect from you!” he said.

Thuku’s sentiments come just hours after Itumbi also raised similar concerns as he accused the two politicians who are allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta of planning to be disruptive during DP Ruto’s tour.

According to Itumbi, both Wambugu and Kega have been mobilizing locals in Nyeri for the last one week.

He said that Ruto’s tour will see a section of paid civilians boo him.
Itumbi said that at some point DP Ruto’s tour might even witness violence by over 1,600 people who have been paid.

“For Kanini Kega, free information is we will ask the people of Kieni if they sent you to fight the Hustler Nation or it was your personal decision,” Itumbi said.

Wambugu and Kega are linked to ODM leader Raila Odinga who is eyeing the presidency against Ruto.

The two MPs have been rallying locals in Nyeri to support Odinga in the 2022 General Elections.

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