Inside Ruto’s Friday crisis meeting with Mt Kenya MPs

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After suffering a humiliating loss on Thursday night in Parliament, DP Ruto last evening convened a crisis meeting with Mt Kenya legislators in his camp. The meeting, convened at Senator Susan Kihika’s Karen residence was attended by a delagation of 50, among them MPs and Senators.

Those present described the convention as tense, and a re-strategy meeting, following unexpected numbers of Ruto allies endorsing the bill. Out of the expected 135 votes, only 83 voted against the bill.

Of focus was Nakuru county, a critical base for the DP, whose MPs voted for the bill.

”Those present described it as a back-to-drawing board meeting following the outcome of the vote on the BBI Bill in the National Assembly last night. Susan, who is one of the Senators allied to Ruto, is now at cross-roads after MPs from her Nakuru County endorsed the Bill in an overwhelming landslide,” a source opines.

The meeting was held away from the DP’s Karen residence to avoid any suspicions.

Senator Susan Kihika and Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri have been at loggerheads for the last two months, fighting to control the UDA Secretariat in Nakuru. The was has spilled over to the four Nakuru constituencies and the two have set up parallel secretariats to control the party’s affairs.

MP Kimani Ngunjiri voted for the BBI on Thursday, after months of criticising the document. However, when contacted after the vote, to explain his change of heart, Mr. Ngunjiri said the document was of benefit to the people of Nakuru.

”I voted without being influenced by anyone and that does not amount to betrayal of the DP. The Bill is good for Nakuru County and that is an important thing,” he said.

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