Mt Kenya jittery about DP Ruto’s pick for 2022

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Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu. /THE STAR

Politicians and businessmen from from the Central region of the country are saying they will back William Ruto for President in 2022 but they want to control the choice of candidate for Deputy President.

Zipo.co.ke has learnt that plan is already on for the said purpose even as President Uhuru Kenyatta fights for his October 26 victory at Supreme Court where two petitions have been lodged against him.

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William Ruto
Deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO: NAIROBINEWS

This even as power brokers from the President’s backyard work overtime to ensure their interests are protected in the government through the next DP.

The Star reports that top on the list of Jubilee’s agendas is government reorganisation and preparations for the next election which is under discussion.

Zipo.co.ke has established that secret meetings have been happening to ensure Uhuru alone does not influence selection of Ruto’s running mate in 2022.

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In a recent meeting, it is said a vocal Nyeri county MP suggested that Jubilee amends the law to require an election to pick the running mate.

The legislator reportedly said only Ruto should get a direct ticket for 2022 and anyone should be free to run for the number two position.

The Mt Kenya business elite and politicians are said to be jittery over indications Uhuru will continue to be active in Jubilee politics during his second term and even afterward.

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They are also concerned that Ruto could be looking outside Mt Kenya for his running mate, something sources within the presidency say the President supports.