In Summary
  • Mr Dawood led a section of Meru politicians in pledging support Mr Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.  
  • DP Ruto said the Jubilee administration had resolved to end divisive politics and focus on development.
  • Mr Aburi said the Meru community has over 1.1 million votes which would go to the DP in 2022.

Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday tried in vain to stop politicians from engaging in 2022 politics even as North Imenti MP Rahim Dawood denied claims that there was a plot to scuttle the DP’s meeting.

Mr Dawood led a section of Meru politicians in pledging support Mr Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.  

“The claims that some Meru politicians tried to stop the DP from coming to Meru are untrue,” Mr Dawood said.

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MPs Moses Kirima (Central Imenti), Halima Mucheke (nominated), Mpuru Aburi (EALA) and several MCAs said they would not backtrack on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s pledge to back his deputy.

In what was seen as displeasure in politicking at the fundraiser, DP Ruto said the Jubilee administration had resolved to end divisive politics and focus on development.

Edwin Kinoti Gitonga

Security officers restrain Edwin Kinoti Gitonga from accessing Deputy President William Ruto during a funds drive at Gikumene Secondary School in Meru County on August 11, 2019. PHOTOS | DAVID MUCHUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

However, he later stopped his motorcade to give money to a young man who was dressed in a white gown complete with a veil and a banner inscribed "Kenyans wed Ruto 2022, Amen".

“We want to end politics of division and hatred to unite Kenyans and focus on development. I want all Jubilee leaders not to veer off from that agenda. The debate about 2022, and the referendum should not overshadow development,” the DP said.

But several politicians referred to the DP as 'Mheshimiwa Rais' (the president) before explaining that the slip of the tongue was a prediction of the future.

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