East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Member Maina Karobia has claimed the existence of a deal for President William Ruto to reciprocate support for Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
Karobia who spoke in the company of the Deputy President suggested the two leaders have a deal similar to the 2012 pact between Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto.
His assertion, despite there being no public reference of the deal, comes at a time Gachagua is facing a challenge from a section of lawmakers within the Mt Kenya region.
Kiharu lawmaker Ndindi Nyoro has emerged as a possible challenger for Gachagua who was handpicked to be the ruling party’s deputy presidential flagbearer despite indications that Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki emerged as the preferred candidate during a conclave by senior UDA politicians.
Jostling over the running mate slot saw Kindiki skip an event to unveil Gachagua with the then Tharaka Nithi Senator announcing that he would take a break from politics.
“During the 2022 campaigns we said it was President Ruto ten years without a break and the same for DP Gachagua. I urge my colleagues in the Mt Kenya region that we focus on development and success of the President not succession of leadership, let us stop the politics and internal wrangles,” Karobia said on Saturday.
Karobia was speaking at Kiambu Golf Club night during a thanksgiving ceremony for golf champion Michael Karanga during an event that brought together several leaders from the region including area MP Waithaka Machua, Kiambu Senator Karungo Thanglwva, Klambu Woman Representative Anne Wamuratha and Kiambaa MP Njuguna Kawaniiku.