Chuka Igambang’ombe MP, Patrick Munene has read malice in the famed Building Bridges Initiative and claimed it is a ploy being used to elbow Deputy President William Ruto out of politics. Speaking on Tuesday, January 29, Munene blamed President Uhuru Kenyatta for what he termed as excluding Ruto from benefits his handshake with Opposition chief Raila Odinga.
Munene blamed President Uhuru Kenyatta for what he termed as excluding Ruto from benefits his handshake with Opposition chief Raila Odinga.Former governor William Kabogo warned Kiambu residents against saving money with troubled Ekeza Sacco According to the MP, relationship between Uhuru and Raila was not all inclusive and aimed at mumming Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
“The president has told us he is trying to reunite citizens…but you can not build bridges while you are demolishing others. In this unity, we want to see full participation of Raila, Ruto and Uhuru himself. The president should not assume we are fools. What is currently happening is a plan to chase Ruto away and to groom another president for us. However, the good this is that citizens are the ones who will choose the next president not Uhuru,” said Munene.
The legislator’s remarks come amid undertones among Ruto allied leaders that the DP is being cut to size as a result of a truce between Uhuru and Raila. This claims gained momentum following appointment of CS Fred Matiang’i to a super minister. Matiang’i’s new role has been interpreted by some leaders as a way to deny Ruto chance to preside over launch of projects in the county and thus reducing DP’s bargaining power in 2022 politics.
Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi, however, explained that Matiang’i’s new appointment had not stripped Ruto’s off his powers. “We were told that Ruto was demoted and Matiang’i promoted. Then I asked myself some questions. Was Ruto the coordinator of the Big Four (before)? Was this job taken away from him and given to Matiang’i? No. Was he in charge of the Uhuru legacy which Matiang’i is now responsible for? No.” the analyst stated in his latest webisode. Law makers allied to the DP on Sunday, January 27, came to his defense and downplayed claims that recent developments in government have reduced his powers . They charged that the developments have no capacity to prevent Ruto from clinching power in next General Election. They included Martha Wangari (Gilgil), Wanjiku Kibe (Gatundu North), Patrick Mariru (Laikipia West), Kuria Kimani (Molo), Charity Kathambi (Njoro) and George Kariuki (Ndia).