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Use ‘Tactical Retreat’ DP Ruto Urges Meru MPs

Deputy President William Ruto met the Meru MPs upon request by his close ally Senator Mithika Linturi. The short-noticed meeting was to establish his feelings on the impending removal of a key ally, who has stuck with him for over a decade and even represented him during the International Criminal Court case.

This secret meeting, took place in Karen at the official residence of the deputy president and was attended by nine out of 12 Meru MPs. Only three legislators seen as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s key allies were not at the meeting. Those who didn’t attend were John Mwirigi (Igembe South), who has been dilly-dallying between the Uhuru and Ruto camps and is not a favorite of Linturi, Rahim Dawood (North Imenti) and Maoka Maore.


One of the MPs who attended the meeting said the DP’s speech was largely the script at the Senate on Friday during the ouster motion, but he repeatedly referred to the ‘promise’ to Mt Kenya East (Meru, Embu, Tharaka Nithi) by their western cousins that the future vice president under a Ruto presidency should be from this area,’’

The seemingly relaxed DP is said to have praised these MPs for flying his flag high in Meru. Ruto then calmly urged the legislators not to escalate the party rows, but let the president have his way, as this was still ‘Uhuru’s government’.

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