Meru County on Sunday witnessed a heightened political drama as area leaders politicked despite Deputy President (DP) William Ruto’s attempts to stop them.
Led by North Imenti MP Rahim Dawood, the leaders would proceed to endorse the DP’s 2022 presidential bid with some of them referring to the DP as “Mheshimiwa Rais” (the president), only to apologize later terming it a slip of the tongue.
“Besides being a politician, I am also a pastor in the AIPCA Church. My tongue has slipped and called you president. I assure you that it is not a slip of the tongue but a prophesy and a sign that angels are backing you,” said Central Imenti MP Moses Kirima.
The MP’s apology may, however, been asked by Ruto himself as such public statements not only puts him at odds with President Uhuru Kenyatta who has been against early campaigning, but may also be a confirmation of the argument that Ruto is building a cult of personality around himself.
Present during the highly charged political event were East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP Mpuru Aburi, Halima Mucheke (nominated) and a number of area Members of County Assembly (MCAs).
The group urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to come clear on his 2013 and 2017 vow to back the DP as his successor, a promise he has been silent on since his 2017 reelection.