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Ruto convenes crisis meeting over Mt Kenya parties threatening his 2022 bid

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Deputy President William Ruto has convened a meeting with parties from the Mt Kenya region after leaders of the fringe parties stuck to their guns of not folding their parties to join the United Democratic Alliance.

Previously, allies of the DP had insisted UDA was a singular party and any leader who wanted to support Ruto for the presidency in 2022 must join the new outfit.

Read: Moses Kuria dismisses Ruto, says UDA not a cure to Mt Kenya’s problems

The Saturday meeting is said to be a change of heart from DP Ruto allies, led by Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua who publicly clashed with Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) Moses Kuria over his decision to field a candidate in Kiagu Ward against the wishes of William Ruto.

“All of us – Mwangi Kiunjuri, Rigathi Gachagua, Kimani Ichungwa and all of us – want to form government William Ruto being our president. How we get there is a matter of discussion and continuous engagement,” Mathira MP said.

Adding: “By the way, none of us wants to fold Moses Kuria’s party or Mwangi Kiunjuri’s party. We want to encourage multiparty democracy; it is only that we are having a difference opinion in terms of strategy on how to win this presidential vote for William Ruto.”

Read: DP Ruto blasts Moses Kuria, Mwangi Kiunjuri over ‘tribal parties’

Kuria, the Gatundu South legislator announced yesterday he will retire from active politics in 2022 and will not seek any elective position.

“I have decided I will not vie for any political seat in the 2022 General Election. I am now focusing on building Chama Cha Kazi for the interest of Mt Kenya,” the MP said.

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